Apple’s mixed reality headset will be powered by two processors, according to renowned analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. In Kuo’s latest research report seen by MacRumors and 9to5Mac, the analyst said the device will have a main processor with the same computing power as the M1 chip and a secondary processor to handle all the calculations related to the sensors. With both processors in place, the headset won’t need to be connected to an iPhone or Mac.
The device will be able to deliver not only augmented reality but also virtual reality experiences, Kuo said, thanks to a pair of Sony’s 4K Micro OLED displays. This will only be possible because the M1 chip has the necessary power to be able to support screens. As for the separate processor for its sensor, it is apparently necessary because “the computing power of the sensor is significantly higher than that of the iPhone”. Kuo expects the device to arrive in late 2022 and has said Apple will ensure it can support a “full range of apps” with the ultimate goal of replacing the iPhone within a decade.
Kuo’s prediction that the headset will be a stand-alone device runs counter to a report by Information starting in September, claiming that he will need to communicate wirelessly with an iPhone, iPad or computer to handle most of his calculations. This report also states that the headset will be aimed at developers and creators and will have a potential price tag of around $ 3,000.
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