Apple Rumored to be Working on Powerful Standalone AR/VR Headset with Two 8K Displays

Apple is currently working on a headset with dual 8K displays that will be capable of both virtual and augmented reality, reports CNET. The outlet says the device, codenamed T288, is wireless—meaning it doesn’t require a tether to a Mac or iPhone—and it’s slated to launch in 2020. 
From the report: 
Apple’s headset would connect to a dedicated box using a high-speed, short-range wireless technology, according to a person familiar with the company’s plans. The box, which would be powered by a custom Apple processor more powerful than anything currently available, would act as the brain for the AR/VR headset. In its current state, the box resembles a PC tower, but it won’t be an actual Mac computer. And unlike with the HTC Vive, users wouldn’t have to install special cameras in a room to detect their location. Everything would be built into Apple’s headset and box, the person said.
Going further, the report indicates that Apple wants this experience to happen even if you aren’t connected to a computer or your iPhone. That means the device will be a standalone unit, and Apple is said to be working towards a 2020 launch timeframe.

Apple’s, and especially Tim Cook’s, love for augmented reality was always going to come into fruition beyond just turning iPhones and iOS devices into AR devices through ARKit. A headset has felt inevitable for quite some time. But this new report, of an AR/VR device with a 16K display, is pretty intense. Do you think Apple will meet the rumored 2020 launch date? 

 


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