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For the better part of a decade, rumors Apple’s promising debuts in the augmented/augmented reality (AR/VR) headset market abound. But with one lag after another, the device has been perceived as a pipe dream for too long. Nevertheless, in 2023, Apple’s VR/AR headset is finally a reality (pun intended). Most industry insiders agree that the device will be announced ahead of his WWDC 2023 scheduled for June, with a public release shortly thereafter.
We still know very little about the first-generation product (note there are already rumors about a successor), but Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman has provided the most information. We take a closer look at how Apple’s upcoming headset will perform. So, if you want to learn more about this exciting new technology, read on.
Apple Goals: New Features and Selling Points
According to Gurman, Apple’s main goal is to create devices that “bring something new to the table.” It’s worth noting that the Cupertino company is well aware of the fact that headsets will be a relatively niche product, so it’s likely that Apple will make the new device the first in the company’s AR/VR journey. You can think of Reality Pro as it reportedly calls chapters.
The headset can reportedly track both eye and head movements, and in Gurman’s own words, its “core features include advanced FaceTime-based video conferencing and meeting rooms. increase”. According to him, the new device’s core feature is immersive video viewing.
Reality Pro’s Position in Apple’s Ecosystem
According to sources, the headset not only visually immerses users, but also acts as an external display when connected to another Apple product such as an iPad or iPhone. As such, the headset should ostensibly be able to replicate many of the features of the aforementioned devices.
Apple sees Reality Pro as a potential way to diversify its revenue streams, thereby reducing its reliance on iPhone sales. It’s still too early to tell if AR will really be Apple’s next big thing, but the company is determined to do its best.
How does the Reality Pro headset work?
The headset is equipped with various sensors. Some track the user’s hand movements, some track eye movements. By pinching a finger, a user can initiate a task. Gurman points out that this approach differs from the approach taken by other headsets, which generally tend to rely on hand held controllers.
Apple’s headsets will support both virtual and augmented reality, as previous reports have shown. The latter is facilitated by a collection of external cameras. Users can toggle between AR and VR modes using the Digital Crown similar to those found on the Apple Watch series.
On the software side of the equation, Gurman highlights how FaceTime works with the new headset. In his article, he describes the device as “realistically rendering the user’s face and body in virtual reality.” This will allow two of his Reality Pro users to communicate virtually as if they were in the same place.
Mark Gurman is probably the most authoritative source for all things Apple related, but this is still preliminary information and should be taken with a grain of salt. June 2023 is still a long way off, even if the Reality Pro launch seems imminent.