Apple Working on AR/VR Headset With 8K Displays and No Smartphone or Computer Tether

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    Apple is working on a powerful headset that will support both augmented reality and virtual reality applications, according to an inside source that spoke to CNET.

    The headset, which is codenamed T288, features an 8K display for each eye that would be untethered from either a computer or a smartphone.

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    Instead, it would connect to a "dedicated box" using a high-speed short-range wireless technology called 60GHz WiGig. The box would be powered by a custom 5-nanometer Apple processor that's "more powerful than anything currently available" and similar to the custom chips that Apple will use in future Macs. At the current time, the box resembles a PC tower, but it "won't be an actual Mac computer."
    Users will not need to install special cameras in a room to detect their location as with some available VR headsets. All of the technology will be built into the headset and the box.

    Past rumors have suggested that Apple is working on a number of virtual and augmented reality prototypes using a secret research unit, but recent information has been specific to a set of augmented reality smart glasses. It is not clear if the smart glasses mentioned in previous rumors are the same as this new AR/VR headset.

    Those rumors have suggested Apple is developing an augmented reality headset with a dedicated display, a built-in processor, and an "rOS" or reality operating system that's controlled using input methods like touch panels, voice activation, and head gestures.

    Apple has been heavily focused on augmented reality with the launch of ARKit in iOS 11, and Apple CEO Tim Cook has said multiple times that he believes augmented reality is more important than virtual reality. Augmented reality, says Cook, is the "larger of the two" because it allows people to "be very present," but he has admitted that virtual reality has interesting use cases for education and gaming.

    Apple is said to be aiming to launch the headset in 2020, but CNET's source warns that work on the device is in the early stages and plans could be changed or scrapped.

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    It will be out just after the MacPro in about 60 months
     
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    Starting $9999 for the Regular version and $99999 for the Plus with 120hz.
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    You forgot about the Headseat edition which will be gold clad and start at $150,000
     
  6. akindc macrumors newbie

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    8K in each eye?
    I don't buy that for a second.
    Outrageously expensive, and complete overkill.
     
  7. Jeff750 macrumors member

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    Very believable. This is a valid new product category that will change the way we work and play. Apple is doomed.
     
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    With a gold head band sold separately.
     
  9. mi7chy macrumors 603

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    Always seem like these leaks come out to prop up the stock when it's down. However, if true I hope Apple make it cross-platform compatible otherwise it'll end up like Homepod.
     
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    Not something I am particularly interested in, but sounds cool. Get back to me in 2020.
     
  11. JPack macrumors 68040

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    Apple Watch, Electric Car, HomePod, now AR and VR.

    Tim Cook is really throwing everything against the wall to see what sticks.
     
  12. frou macrumors 6502

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    Just imagine your day job being to research and develop awesome stuff like this... and getting paid big bucks to do so.
     
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    Haha, whoever convinced CNET this was worth publishing is laughing right now.

    (8K in each eye by 2020? Yeah, no...)
     
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    So it's "not tethered", but you still need a dedicated box that it's wirelessly tethered to, for it to actually work... If that's actually the case, it sounds like it's still in early prototype phases, and not ready for shipping until it can stand on its own without the need for a secondary box.
     
  15. LordVic macrumors 603

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    this is hilarious to read.

    thanks for the friday afternoon giggles MacRumours
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    but it's also not a computer! even though, it is in fact, a computer :p
     
  16. shipdestroyerrr macrumors newbie

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    or you could just make the home pods you released work together in stereo as promised...
     
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    Well I would certainly hope the biggest tech company in the world is exploring new tech, but it seems they have made good decisions on what to actually bring to market. I have been very happy with the Apple Watch and HomePod.
     
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    slow newsday
     
  20. RealKrS macrumors regular

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    Oh I believe it.. But worry not, this is Tim Cooks' Apple. So they'll most likely have 3 versions of it, with the 8K one being the Premium... Can't wait to see the color options, and Hermes Straps..
     
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    This will take time, but I think Apple is going to nail this market.
     
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    and an Apple Pricetag to match... :eek:

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    This is the craziest rumor I've read here in several years. Sure, the overall aspects could be correct, but the description of loads of technology which is clearly multiple years down the road, makes this so unbelievable that it is borderline laughable. It is a rumor worthy of Digitimes.
     

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