Apple's big plan: Combining AR with VR in a headset, says report


Apple might be getting into the world of virtual and augmented reality in a big way. We've been hearing about it ever since Google first debuted the ill-fated Google Glass, but it's always been at least two or three years away.

As per CNET, a familiar source had quoted that Apple is planning on releasing the AR/VR enabled device in 2020, and will also offer some specs which are until now not seen on any of the production head-mounted (HMD).

Apple may secretly be working on a standalone AR cum VR headset, if a new CNET report is to be gone by.

The headset could have an 8K display for each eye, CNET reported, and would connect wirelessly to a dedicated, powerful box, and would not require placing cameras around the room (unlike some of today's headsets).

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While we are sure to have some sort of AR device from Apple in a few years, Tim Cook has been clear in this point, there's good news that Apple is going to deliver something far beyond what we already have. It may be true that Apple is working on ending its partnership with Intel by 2020 to focus on building its own ARM-based processors, but that distance looks exaggerating. The company is aiming to produce a headset that can handle both VR and AR, referred to as combination mixed reality by Microsoft. Codenamed T288, the project is said to be in the early stages and could be cancelled or altered anytime before launch. Apple's take sounds like it may have a solution for the both the problems that current-generation headsets are marred with. Devices like the HTC Vive or the Oculus Rift need a high-end computer to work, along side a bevy of wires and cables.

But that's still a lot of bandwidth for a wireless connection. If only Apple comes out with one in the days to come, that is. It would be also using a processor just like Apple's Headset.

Additionally, the headset might be powered by a new custom 5-nanometer chip (the iPhone X uses a 10-nanometer A11 Bionic chip).