Details are trickling out about Apple's reported interest in smart glasses

Leigh Mccormick
April 28, 2018

CNET's report cites an unnamed source, but based on the report, Apple's headset would be on the higher end of headsets offered today by companies like Microsoft HoloLens, Facebook Oculus and Magic Leap.

If we try to understand it more clearly, Apple is reportedly working on a brand new standalone headset that would integrate both VR and AR support, although it is still in the early stages of development. It sounds like it could blow away every existing AR/VR headset. This is all despite previous comments from CEO Tim Cook that virtual reality has "a lower commercial interest over time" than augmented reality. According to reports, Apple plans for an 8K display for each eye. As an added bonus to users, the whole package will reportedly support wireless use, with high-speed wireless connection support now being developed in order to ensure high-quality imagery at all times. That would be an insane amount of pixels.

For comparison, the HTC Vive Pro, the latest high-end VR headset on the market, has a resolution of 2880 x 1600. The following iPhone X launch had a 15-minute segment of an Apple employee demonstrating the AR capabilities of the new iPhones with the A11 Bionic chipset.

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CNET says Apple is exploring 60GHz WiGig, a high-speed wireless protocol capable of transferring lots of data quickly.

Instead, it would be connected wirelessly to a box housing a powerful Apple-made processor, reports CNET. Apple may announce it before the expected date or at a later one, things are not decided yet. All that the user needs to enjoy the technology are the headset and the box. It's a no-brainer the company is looking to power its AR/VR headset with its own chips. Sure, there's the occasional AR hit such as Pokémon Go and the VR hit such as Audio Shield, but both virtual platforms can hardly be described as must-have right now.

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