Apple’s mixed reality headset could have a waist-mounted battery


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Oliver Cragg / Android Authority

TL; DR

  • A report has revealed new details about Apple’s unannounced mixed reality headset.
  • The helmet may feature a waist mounted battery, magnetically attached custom prescription lenses, and more.
  • The headset may not work properly with third-party Bluetooth headphones.

Although yet to be announced, Apple’s mixed reality headset is one of the company’s most anticipated upcoming products. Despite some leaks, there hasn’t been much information about the project to grab. However, a report gave us new details about the device.

A detailed report of information revealed that Apple’s mixed reality headset includes some features not seen on consumer headsets. These features include a waist-mounted battery, small motors to automatically adjust its lenses, a physical dial to switch between virtual reality and the real world, and technology to improve how its AirPods Pro work with the headset.

According to informationApple opted to forgo a design that integrated the battery into the headband last year, opting instead for an external battery. It was a controversial move among Apple engineers as it contrasted with the company’s preference for cable-free aesthetics. The battery is said to last around two hours, which would be around the same time you get with a Meta Quest 2.

In addition, the company has equipped the headset with an H2 chip to provide an ultra-low latency connection with the second generation AirPods Pro and future models. According to the report, third-party Bluetooth headphones may not work well with the headset and suffer too much lag. There’s also no 3.5mm headphone jack, so you’ll need your AirPods Pro to have a good experience.

The article also summarized a wide range of other details that had already been leaked, such as:

  • A ski goggle-like design that minimizes its size and weight by using aluminum, glass and carbon fiber.
  • A price estimate of around $3,000.
  • A 120 degree field of view.
  • Two CPU chips for image signal processing and one SoC for CPU, GPU and memory.
  • Inner micro OLED screens for each eye with 4K resolution individually.
  • eye tracking
  • Cameras and sensors for facial expression and body movement tracking.
  • Short and long range Lidar scanners to map surfaces.
  • Different banners for consumers and developers.

The rumored price of the headset would make it one of the most expensive VR headsets on the market when released. And it would immediately face Meta’s Quest Pro at the enterprise level.

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