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Apple’s standalone VR, AR headset to release in 2020: Report

Apple’s new headset will combine both AR and VR technologies.

tech Updated: Apr 28, 2018 14:04 IST
Indo Asian News Service
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Apple’s new standalone VR, AR headset will reportedly come with dual 8K displays.(AFP)

Even as Microsoft, Google and Samsung have made giant strides in the field of Virtual Reality (VR) segment, Apple hasn’t joined the bandwagon yet. The Cupertino-based company, however, has been bullish on the Augmented Reality (AR) technology and has already integrated it in its latest OS. But a dedicated hardware from Apple for VR or AR hasn’t seen light of the day. Now, a new report gives a timeline when Apple’s dedicated device for VR and AR will be releasing.

Apple’s new device concept-wise seems similar to Microsoft’s HoloLens as its reported standalone VR and AR headset will combine both technologies. The headset codenamed “T288” would tap into the iPhone-maker’s own chips and is slated for release in 2020, reported CNET.

“The company is working on a headset capable of running both AR and VR technology, according to a person familiar with Apple’s plans. Plans so far call for an 8K display for each eye -- higher resolution than today’s best TVs -- that would be untethered from a computer or smartphone,” the report added.

“The project is still in its early stages but is slated for release in 2020. Apple still could change or scrap its plans,” the report added. ALSO READ: Apple’s big plans for Augmented Reality with custom OS and AR headset

The Cupertino-headquartered giant has invested in smaller VR projects but the headset marks a major investment in VR, a tech that could transport users into a different, digitally created world.

The device would reportedly connect to a dedicated box using a high-speed, short-range wireless technology. The box would be powered by a custom Apple chipset and would act as the brain for the AR/VR headset, the report said.

Apple has recently introduced “ARKit” -- the company’s AR development platform which could only recognise horizontal surfaces while placing virtual objects.

“ARKit can now recognise and place virtual objects on vertical surfaces. Using advanced computer vision techniques to find and recognise the position of 2D images ARKit can integrate these real world images into AR experiences,” the company said recently.

First Published: Apr 28, 2018 14:03 IST