Apple CEO Tim Cook has long talked about the potential of augmented reality. The hardware giant started investing on AR with the launch of ARKit on iOS 11, but it is also getting into AR hardware. Apple has been rumoured to be working on an AR headset for a while, but a new report from CNET claims that the company has much bigger plans.
The report states that Apple’s AR headset, codenamed T288, will allow for virtual reality experiences, along with AR. What’s more, the device will apparently pack two 8K displays — one for each eye, which is way ahead of other VR/AR headsets in the market at this point in time. Apple is working to make the device completely wireless, and it will be a “standalone” product.
But there is a catch: Apple’s AR headset will come with a “box” that the headset will rely on to actually work. The box, allegedly powered by an Apple-made 5-nanometer processor, will be able to transfer data to the headset over 60GHz WiGig and offer for a cordless experience. Much of the product still remains a mystery, however — we still have no clue about how the software will work, or how Apple will even make VR work on its AR headset. It is slated for a 2020 release, and the product — if finalised — could be Apple’s long-awaited breakthrough into the AR market.