The supply chain expert states in a research note that Apple is looking at launch for the wearable in the middle of 2022, with the complexity of the product pointing to a price tag upwards of $1,000 – that's around £720 or AU$1,300, although as that dollar price is only a rumor those conversions could be way off.
According to Kuo, the headset will offer augmented reality experiences along with VR option, with the "video see-through AR experience" and virtual reality content will be provided by a micro LED display. In fact, AR and mixed reality content is now being thought to be the focus of the product.
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Pushing things forward
Much like the Oculus Quest 2, Apple's headset is said to be a standalone device that doesn't need to be tethered to a computer or mobile in order to work.
Apple looks to be pushing comfort to the fore here. According to the report, existing prototypes are already lightweight at a mere 200-300 grams, but the company is looking to reduce that further to between 100 and 200 grams for the commercial release.
Kuo states that the Apple VR headset will offer a "very smooth display" that will "significantly surpass existing VR products" – a bold claim, given the fast-rising quality of standalone VR headsets today. Entertainment won't be overlooked either, with Apple TV+ and Apple Arcade content said to feature strongly.
This won't be the only head-mounted wearable Apple has waiting in the wings. The company is said to be eventually planning a pair of AR/VR glasses for 2025 and truly sci-fi sounding contact lenses with similar functionality in the next decade.
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