Apple's standalone headset might launch by 2020 with AR and VR support

Posted April 28, 2018

A report has claimed that Apple is working on a standalone AR/VR headset with a whopping 8K display for each eye. It's codenamed T288 and expected to support both augmented reality and virtual reality technologies.

Apple is reportedly targeting a 2020 launch for the headset. The report also mentions that internally, the project is being referred as "T288". Rumoured to sport dual 8K displays and powerful in-house chips, the headset will expectedly take on the likes of Oculus VR, HTC Vive, and Microsoft's HoloLens.

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Now, new reports suggest that Apple might be working on wireless AR and VR headsets.

At this point in time, the new project is codenamed T288 and is now set for release during 2020.

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Tim Cook has said that, the giant is seeing many more opportunities and new possibilities in the AR and VR technologies. With the evident push towards AR and VR, Apple might be looking to gain some ground in a market that has failed to excite consumers up until now. Nonetheless, the focus on a technology that can change how we interact with things in the future allows Apple to think beyond the iPhones which are the main money spinners for the brand. As an added bonus to users, the whole package will reportedly support wireless use, with high-speed wireless connection support now being developed in order to ensure high-quality imagery at all times. Augmented Reality lets you explore the real world very well and this is how you can simply explore the best of AR environment.

The headset will also have cameras on the outside that will detect its surroundings. Achieving mobile VR requires the usage of bulky headsets to slot your phone into, while PC/console VR require lots of hardware power and wires.

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The report further sheds some light on what a user can expect from the setup, by stating that the "box" would be powered by a custom 5nm processor that is said to be "more powerful than anything now available" in the market, and it is said to be similar to the in-house chip that would be powering the future MacBooks.