Ming-Chi Kuo confirms that Apple’s first augmented reality headset will be released by the end of 2022, and that it would be a standalone device.
Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has confirmed that the first Apple augmented reality headset will be released towards the end of 2022, but now claims that it will be far more powerful than predicted.
However, Kuo has since stated in a note to investors that the headset would contain a primary CPU that is equal to the M1. It will also have a second CPU that will handle all sensor-related processing, such as eye tracking and gaze detection.
The first Apple AR headset will be an accessory for the iPhone, similar to how the Apple Watch is. The headgear, in particular, was thought to outsource the majority of its work to the iPhone.
That M1-level computing power is reportedly needed because the headset processor will have to drive two 4K micro-LED displays, made by Sony.
“[The] computing power of the sensor is significantly higher than that of the iPhone,” said Kuo. “[The main processor will have] the same level of computing power as Macs.”
Kuo further claims that the device will support a “comprehensive range of applications,” suggesting perhaps a headset App Store. Apple ultimately plans that a future version of the AR/VR headset will be both so capable and so powerful, that it effectively replaces the iPhone.
Separately, investment bank Morgan Stanley has recently claimed that Apple will be launching AR soon. It also advised clients that the AR field will see “liftoff” once Apple enters the market.