Apple has been very tightlipped about its long-rumoured augmented and virtual reality headset, but a new report seems to hint that the device is close to finally being unveiled.
According to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, a version of the yet-to-be-revealed mixed-reality headset was recently demoed for the Cupertino company’s board at a meeting. This was reportedly attended by "eight independent directors" and CEO Tim Cook, all of whom convene at least four times a year.
Citing unnamed sources familiar with the matter, the report claims Apple showcased the capabilities of the headset. As to what these are, it's not quite known as of yet as rumours have been conflicting about what it'll feature. Most rumours, however, agree that the device will come equipped with a number of cameras and sensors to allow wearers to see their surroundings. It could also include micro-LED displays with an 8K display for each eye as well as another display for peripheral vision. Ming-Chi Kuo, a renowned Apple analyst, claims the lenses might even include iris recognition for user authentication.
A lot of reports have also hinted that the headset will be powered by Apple's own chip, a chip that will likely be more powerful than the M1 chip the company is currently using for most of its devices. However, nothing has been confirmed yet, so it's once again best to take most of the available information with a grain of salt.
When it comes to the software, Apple is said to be developing a new operating system for the headset and perhaps other mixed-reality devices it'll release in the future, which is called realityOS. References to the new software was already spotted by developer Matthew Davis at an Apple GitHub page, suggesting there's some truth to the reports.
Bloomberg reports Apple was initially supposed to debut the headset at the upcoming Worldwide Developers Conference on 6 June, but pushed it back due to some issues still needing to be worked out, such as overheating. Supply chain issues and inflation also played a factor in the company's decision to delay the launch.
A version of Apple's long-rumoured mixed-reality headset was recently demoed for the company’s board at a meeting, which was attended by "eight independent directors" and CEO Tim Cook.
The demo was meant to showcase the device's capabilities, according to sources close to the matter. As to what these are, it's not known yet.
Apple was initially supposed to debut the headset at the upcoming Worldwide Developers Conference on 6 June, but pushed it back due to some issues still needing to be worked out, such as overheating.