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Apple reportedly developing powerful wireless VR and AR headset

28 April 2018

If Apple's system can solve those issues, it will move a lot closer to making VR or AR a mainstream technology. In order to occupy a dominant position in the market of gadgets augmented and virtual reality, experts Apple intend to create a wireless headset with the most powerful components, which will not be equal.

Today, a report from CNET writer Shara Tibken, citing an unnamed source, suggests Apple is targeting a 2020 release for what sounds like a combination AR/VR headset "that would be untethered from a computer or smartphone". Apple could also be using one of its own chips in the T288. Such a feature already places it ahead of the competition, as the HTC Vive Pro, already sharper than most of the other VR headsets, only offers up to 1,440 x 1,600 pixels per eye.

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"The company is working on a headset capable of running both AR and VR technology, according to a person familiar with Apple's plans", the report says.

Tibken writes that the project, codenamed T288, is still in its early stages and could be scrapped or changed by Apple. In fact, Apple CEO Tim Cook is so fascinated with AR that he had once said that AR is just as good a technology as the iPhone. For Apple to really consolidate AR and VR at the resolutions detailed, they would likely need a genuinely massive plan that I would be shocked to see them seek after with an AR item. Augmented Reality lets you explore the real world very well and this is how you can simply explore the best of AR environment.

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Apple's new VR and AR Headset would operate without the wires. This box is said to run on a custom Apple processor more advanced than current chipsets thanks to a 5nm SoC.

The headset will also have cameras on the outside that will detect its surroundings. It would connect wirelessly to a chunk of hardware like a small tower, which would contain powerful processors to power the experience.

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Apple reportedly developing powerful wireless VR and AR headset