The metaverse has been all the rage for the past couple of months, and Apple is among the major corporations preparing for its inevitable arrival.
Apple CEO Tim Cook hinted towards the company’s future and involvement in the AR future, giving people the notion that Apple has been developing the right technology for the past few years.
After the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference, Tim Cook spoke with China Daily, where he teased the company’s AR tech.
Through the years, Cook has hinted towards the development, but lately his implications have become more frequent, leading people to believe that a mixed reality and AR headset is in the works.
“I am incredibly excited about AR, as you might know, and the critical thing to any technology, including AR, is putting humanity at the center of it,” said the Apple CEO. “And that is what we focus on every day. Right now, as an example, we have over 14,000 ARKit apps in the App Store, which provide AR experiences for millions of people around the world.”
“I think despite that, we’re still in the very early innings of how this technology will evolve,” Cook added. “I couldn’t be more excited about the opportunities we’ve seen in this space and sort of stay tuned and you’ll see what we have to offer.”
While Apple has not confirmed that it has been working on AR/VR wearable devices, rumors have run abound for years.
The headset is speculated to offer mixed reality technology with a curved visor soft mesh that fits the face.
Apple’s headset is also rumored to be lighter than the ones available on the market and uses a strap similar to the one on the Apple Watch to hold it in place.
The Apple headset is said to feature two 4K micro-OLED displays, 15 camera modules, processor equal to the M-series chips, eye-tracking capabilities, hand gesture support, and spatial audio.
Apple is expected to release the headset next year with demos sent to board members, signaling the headset may be close to being finished.
Fans speculate that the headset will be priced around $3,000 once it launches.
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