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Apple's first VR headset is said to have a texture design, a fan, and a hefty price tag

Apple’s first VR headset is said to have a texture design, a fan, and a hefty price tag

Apple is said to be working on a VR headset that will include a fabric design, a fan, and an hefty price tag. Bloomberg News Reports Apple’s first VR headset may launch around 2022 as a standalone battery-powered device, similar to Oculus Quest 2. Apple is reportedly working on “some of its most advanced and powerful chips” for this unannounced virtual reality headset, as some of its chips were reported to outperform its M1 Mac processors.

Apple reportedly faced challenges in developing this headset, as some prototypes ended up being quite large and heavy. Apple is said to be using fabric exteriors to reduce headphone weight, but the company is also using a fan – an unusual move for Apple given its focus on fanless design.

Oculus Quest 2 VR headset.
Photo by Amelia Hollowate Kralese / The Verge

Bloomberg News It also indicates that the size of Apple’s VR headset, codenamed N301, is similar to the Oculus Quest, and some of the prototypes being tested include external cameras to enable some AR features. Apple is also reportedly testing the ability to use these cameras to track hand movements, and includes software features such as a virtual keyboard.

It is not clear exactly when Apple’s VR headset will be launched, but it may launch as soon as 2022. It is said that it will be an expensive and convenient device, as some at Apple are rumored to speculate that the company may only sell one headphone per day in each. Of its retail stores, or less than 200,000 units per year.

Apple has been working on VR and AR headphones for years, according to various reports. Bloomberg News Also published prof A detailed look at Apple’s ambitions in virtual and augmented reality Last year, noting that the company had around 1,000 people working in AR and VR.

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