Recently, the Apple VR headset has been the talk of the town. According to the leaks, it is going to be a Mixed Reality headset for VR (Virtual Reality) and AR (Augmented Reality) applications. In fact, Apple makes no secret of seeing the future in AR. In this sense, the forthcoming Apple AR Glass is going to hit the stores around 2023.
The Apple VR headset is expected later this year. Last month, we heard new details about this headset. The Information proves that Apple’s mixed-reality headset will be equipped with more than 12 cameras for tracking hand movements and displaying AR images. Also, we saw some internal photos of an Apple prototype. Based on this, graphic designer Jermaine Smit, aka Concept Creator, used this information to create his own YouTube video animation of Apple’s forthcoming mixed reality headset.
Apple Mixed Reality headset for VR and AR applications
It is an advanced headset with ultra-high-resolution 8K displays and advanced eye-tracking technology. Apple seems to be opting for a slim, curved visor that should be attached to the face with an adjustable headband.
The headband also appears to be interchangeable. The straps are too soft, allowing the user to wear it on their head for some time without any problems. It is possible that Apple will use multiple types of materials – just like you can also buy different types of smartwatch straps.
There is a button on top and on the side of the headset. However, it is still unknown what these are for. Presumably one of the two will function as an on/off button.
Some time ago, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo reported that the Apple VR headset will be equipped with 15 cameras for tracking and collecting biometric data. Eight cameras would be deployed to project images onto the real world. Six cameras are used for biometrics and the last camera is used for environmental detection.
It also seems that the Apple VR headset will come with a cooling unit, in order to prevent overheating. Finally, the standalone headset is equipped with a built-in battery.
Apple Mixed Reality headset
The Apple VR is expected to arrive in 2022. This Mixed Reality headset will not be cheap. According to various sources, it would cost around $3,000. Although details about the price are still scarce, it is clear that it is a premium device intended for the niche market.
The Apple Glass will come after the Apple VR / AR headset. It will have a significantly slimmer design but will be equipped with similar tracking technology as the headset. Due to the more compact design, the user will have much more freedom of movement.
Apple has already set up a large AR platform with thousands of AR apps in the App Store. The Cupertino-based company is certainly not the only manufacturer that bets on the ‘Metaverseglass’ – where people can communicate with each other in virtual environments. Facebook even changed its name to Meta. Other large American companies, such as Microsoft and Google, are already active in this relatively young, but promising market.