Apple is planning to release a mixed-reality headset in 2022 and AR glasses by 2025, according to a report by Bloomberg. The mixed-reality headset is expected to feature dual 8K displays, advanced eye-tracking technology, and more than a dozen cameras to track hand movements. It is also said to have a fabric exterior to reduce its weight. According to the report, the headset will be expensive and targeted at developers, gamers, and other niche markets.
The AR glasses, on the other hand, are expected to be a lightweight device that can be worn all day. They are expected to have the ability to take calls, receive texts, and display information such as maps and gaming content. The glasses are said to use a new system, internally known as rOS (reality operating system), that is designed to be similar to iOS, the operating system that powers iPhones and iPads.
Apple’s mixed-reality headset and AR glasses have been in development for years, and the company has reportedly faced a number of technical challenges in creating the devices. According to the report, the mixed-reality headset has encountered a number of issues with its weight, as well as its cooling system. Additionally, the headset is said to have a limited field of view compared to other virtual reality headsets on the market.
The AR glasses, on the other hand, are said to have faced a number of challenges with their battery life, which is expected to last for only a few hours. Additionally, the glasses are said to have encountered problems with their displays, which are expected to be lower-resolution than those of the mixed-reality headset.
Apple has been investing heavily in augmented reality and virtual reality technology in recent years, and the company sees these technologies as the future of computing. In 2017, Apple released ARKit, a set of tools that enables developers to create AR apps for iPhones and iPads. In 2020, the company released LiDAR-equipped iPad Pro, which is capable of creating 3D models of rooms and objects in real time. The company is also rumored to be working on a new version of the iPhone that includes LiDAR technology.