- Apple could release a VR headset as soon as 2020, CNET reported.
- The headset would also be able to handle augmented reality, according to the report.
- It would include two displays with higher resolution than the best TVs and smartphones available today.
Apple is working on a headset that could be released as soon as 2020, CNET reported on Friday, citing a source familiar with Apple’s plans.
The headset could be significantly more powerful than virtual reality headsets on the market. One feature: high-resolution displays for each eye, with nearly 8,000 horizontal pixels per display, which is significantly higher resolution than current TVs and smartphones.
Virtual reality, like Facebook’s Oculus, immerses you in a computer world. Augmented reality, like Microsoft’s HoloLens, integrates computer graphics and programs into the real world. Apple’s headset would be able to do both, according to the report. It would wirelessly connect to a dedicated box for computation with a custom Apple processor. CNET’s source said the current prototypes connect to a device that looks like a PC tower.
The secret headset even has a code name – T288, according to CNET. But Apple could still decide to kill the project before it comes out.
Apple released AR software for the iPhone and VR headset support for Mac computers last summer. Apple CEO Tim Cook has spoken in public at length about both virtual and augmented reality.Here’s a sample from October, 2016:
“I do think that a significant portion of the population of developed countries, and eventually all countries, will have AR experiences every day, almost like eating three meals a day, it will become that much a part of you, a lot of us live on our smartphones, the iPhone, I hope, is very important for everyone, so AR will become really big. VR I think is not going to be that big, compared to AR. I’m not saying it’s not important, it is important.
“I’m excited about VR from an education point of view, I think it can be really big for education, I think it can be very big for games. But I can’t imagine everyone in here getting in an enclosed VR experience while you’re sitting in here with me. But I could imagine everyone in here in an AR experience right now, if the technology was there, which it’s not today. How long will it take?
“AR is going to take a while, because there are some really hard technology challenges there. But it will happen, it will happen in a big way, and we will wonder when it does, how we ever lived without it. Like we wonder how we lived without our phone today.”
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