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Apple’s AR headset will arrive next year with “Mac-level” power: report

Apple’s first AR headset to release in Q4 2022, according to research note by analyst Ming-chi Kuo seen by MacRumors and 9to5Mac. Kuo predicted in March that the headset would be released next year, and now also provides more technical information on the device.

The headset will have two processors, according to Kuo, one with “the same level of computing power as M1” and a low-end chip to handle inputs from the various sensors. For example, Kuo says the headset has “at least 6-8 optical modules to simultaneously provide continuous video transparency AR services.” The headset is also said to have two Sony 4K OLED micro-displays.

Kuo cites the “Mac-level (PC-level) computing power” of the headset, its ability to operate without a connection, and its wide range of applications as factors that will set it apart from its competition. Various reports on the device disagree on whether it will be completely independent or whether it will rely on an iPhone or a separate processor to stream content.

Kuo, however, seems convinced that it will be a stand-alone platform, writing, “If the AR headset is positioned only as an accessory for the Mac or iPhone, it will not be conducive to product growth. An AR headset that works independently means it will have its own ecosystem and provide the most complete and flexible user experience.

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