Apple is Developing a VR-AR Headset for 2020
Codenamed T288, will feature a display with 8K in both eyes.
Apple is in search for the next immersive product and its developing a Headset to be that next product after the iPhone to capture audiences. Apple is working on an advanced headset to be released in 2020 that is run on augmented reality and virtual reality, first reported by CNET.
Who knew! Apple might beat Facebook to AR-VR immersion. The headset appears to straddle the two technologies (augmented reality & virtual reality) and tap into Apple’s own chips. It is slated to be released in just two years time, in 2020. It’s the biggest sign of Apple’s interest in virtual reality and shows promise as a potential next consumer device.
Apple CEO Tim Cook has said he sees bigger possibilities in augmented reality because it allows the user to be more present, the project is codenamed T288 and will feature a display with 8K in both eyes, a higher resolution than the most advanced headsets today, which reach 4K.
CNET’s detailed report turns rumors into a more substantial potential product. This potential of an 8K display in each eye — that’s higher resolution than today’s best TVs — and would be untethered from a computer or smartphone! That’s exciting, no matter how you feel about VR or AR and the lack lustre innovation coming out of what we were led to believe the past couple of decades.
Beyond Mobile and Just an iPhone Company
It’s hard not to like Apple’s ARKit, its augmented reality resource kit for developers and how it could fuel innovation in augmented reality, which Apple clearly seems to prefer over Virtual Reality. As smart phones reach global saturation levels with Huawei and Samsung pressing Apple, it’s pretty much mission critical for Apple to make significant headway Either to expand beyond its iPhones, which have been and currently are its top moneymaker and what the brand has leaned on in recent years.
A headset that will support both AR and VR, which would make it a first among headsets manufactured by a major consumer electronics company.
Could Apple one day out-innovate the likes of current VR leaders such as Oculus and HTC? How well will it integrate Virtual reality, it’s difficult to say. How will it stand up to Magic Leap’s product or the ubiquity of that Alexa Smart Glasses could be? At this point we have to concede Snap Inc.’s spectacles are not a serious hi-tech product. We might note that the startup Pimax successfully funded a Kickstarter for the world’s first 8K VR headset, but has yet to ship any product to backers.
For comparison, the HTC Vive Pro, the latest high-end VR headset on the market, has a resolution of 2880 x 1600. This is 8000 we are talking about here. That’s like a paradigm shift in how we experience AR and potentially VR as well. And, besides the ridiculously high-res screens, the headset would also be wireless. We like!
Since Apple’s rumored headset would not be tethered to a PC or need a smart phone to run like Google’s Daydream View or Samsung’s Gear VR, here is a stand alone product that we’ve been maybe waiting for from Apple for the good part of the last decade. As cool as the AppleWatch is, it’s not that next product we can safely say in 2018.
Apple has been such a disappointment of late, they are due to surprise consumers in a good way! Apple is reportedly targeting a 2020 launch for the headset, though if we have learned anything from Apple of late, we can expect delays and short-coming of supply of the new product. They may not get estimates right and the price is sure to be jacked.
According to CNET:
Once touted as the next hot tech trend, VR has failed to resonate with consumers despite heavy investment from companies like Facebook’s Oculus, Google and Samsung.
That’s putting it mildly indeed. Facebook has missed video, music and VR, in a sense as now Amazon’s advertising unit is growing the fastest. Apple will even kill the iPhoneX due to poor sales, that it needs to pivot beyond its tried and true ecosystem is not in doubt, its whether it can actually do it that begs the biggest question. At least now we know that they are seriously trying!
Apple’s headset would connect to a dedicated box using a high-speed, short-range wireless technology. Facebook also views AR and VR headsets as the future of computing and communication. Though Google has shown more promise in implementing the trend up till now.
Consumers are expected to buy 22 million VR and AR headsets and glasses this year, according to a report from CCS Insight. As compared to smart speakers that’s might few devices. So we’ll likely in the early 2020s be living in a bifurcated world of AI, with both AR/VR and smart speakers and smart screens increasingly everywhere.
The headset will have cameras that detect the surroundings. It’s supposedly going to connect to a dedicated box through a high-speed, wireless tech called 60GHz WiGig. The box will be powered by a 5-nanometer proprietary Apple processor. (The Verge)
Let’s hope it’s not just another pony show such as the iPhoneX and HomePod, consumers deserve better.