Apple’s mixed reality headset will have 10 cameras, cost between $2,000 and $3,000, and feature a 3D world: report

A new report said that Apple’s mixed reality headset will contain 10 cameras, cost between $2,000 and $3,000, and feature a 3D world.

  • Apple’s mixed reality headset, a premium offering due in 2023, will cost between $2,000 and $3,000 and have an M2 chip
  • It will feature 10 cameras placed both inside and outside the device and ultra-high-resolution screens, according to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman.
  • The company is recruiting for a range of headset related roles including a Software Producer with experience in visual effects and game asset pipelines
  • Although there are plans to create digital worlds for this device, Apple would never say the word “metaverse,” as top executives have yet to embrace the word.

Apple’s mixed reality headset is likely to be the company’s next major project to reshape the digital landscape and change consumer behaviour.

The Cupertino, California-based company’s offering won’t arrive before 2023, but a respected Apple viewer has been able to gather new details about the show from Apple job posts and his own research.

The Apple headset will cost between $2,000 and $3,000 because it will be a premium product that has a Mac-level M2 chip — the same high-performance chip inside the redesigned MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pro, according to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman.

Apple’s mixed reality headset is likely to be the company’s next major project to reshape the digital landscape and change consumer behaviour. Above: a sketch by potential Apple device info

The Cupertino, California-based company's offering won't arrive before 2023. Above: One of the patents filed by Apple regarding mixed reality headsets

The Cupertino, California-based company’s offering won’t arrive before 2023. Above: One of the patents filed by Apple regarding mixed reality headsets

He wrote that it will also have 10 cameras placed inside and outside the device along with the highest resolution screens ever in a headset.

Tim Cook is looking for a Software Producer with experience in visual effects and game asset pipelines

Tim Cook is looking for a Software Producer with experience in visual effects and game asset pipelines

The device will have an operating system called RealOS that features mixed reality versions of popular Apple apps like Messages, FaceTime, and Maps. The first version of the operating system is currently being finalized.

Several job listings for the company’s Technology Development Group (TDG) indicate that Apple is looking to offer a wide range of content specifically for the device.

Tim Cook’s company is looking for a software producer with experience in visual effects and game asset pipelines who can create digital content for augmented and virtual reality environments, Bloomberg reports.

The business opportunities also point to Apple wanting to build a headphone video service.

We are looking for a Software Engineer who will work on the App Intents framework to help design and implement solutions to unlock deep system intelligence, enable new developer tools, and facilitate new user interactions from application data models that are leveraged by a variety of system services such as Shortcuts, Siri, and Search. And more,” says one job listing for the TDG division.

The most interesting list, Gorman writes, is the one that calls for the development of the mixed reality world, which looks a lot like the much-described Metaverse.

However, don’t expect Cook or anyone else at Apple to embrace that word.

During an interview with a Dutch publication last month, Cook dismissed the term and consumers’ potential embrace of it: ‘I always think it’s important for people to understand what a thing is. And I’m really not sure the average person can tell you what a metaverse is.

Apple’s chief marketing officer said at a recent event that “metaverse” is “a word I would never use.”

Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg has a very different view, rebranding his entire company in a pivot toward building a virtual world and introducing a number of augmented reality headsets — but he lost billions in the process and recently laid off 11,000 workers across the company.

The Apple headset will cost between $2,000 and $3,000 because it will be a premium product that has a Mac-level M2 chip — the same high-performance chip inside the redesigned MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pro.  Above: A woman wearing virtual reality glasses in a Shutterstock photo

The Apple headset will cost between $2,000 and $3,000 because it will be a premium product that has a Mac-level M2 chip — the same high-performance chip inside the redesigned MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pro. Above: A woman wearing virtual reality glasses in a Shutterstock photo

What companies are working on augmented reality glasses?

Last year, Snap unveiled its next-generation Spectacles, which are the first to feature augmented reality (AR)

Last year, Snap unveiled its next-generation Spectacles, which are the first to feature augmented reality (AR)

Augmented reality (AR) glasses have seen a resurgence in desirability, with a host of companies developing their own technology.

Bose recently joined a rapidly growing list of technology companies that make augmented reality glasses.

The first company to enter the race was Google, which launched Google Glass in 2011.

Google Glass, now referred to as Glass, has changed from a consumer-facing product to an enterprise product, used by companies like Boeing.

Since then, many companies have come out with their own products.

Secretive startup Magic Leap began working on a prototype several years ago, but finally launched its own ‘mixed reality’ smart glasses in 2018.

Technology company Vuzix, based in Rochester, New York, launched the Vuzix Blade glasses in 2019 for around $1,300.

They use a small projector to project a virtual image into the upper right corner of their lens.

The wearer can connect to WiFi and read emails and other messages via the screen, as well as use Alexa, Amazon’s digital assistant, to issue voice commands.

Amazon is also rumored to be working on its own augmented reality glasses to be released sometime in the future.

Although Meta has never confirmed how many of the headphones it has sold, Qualcomm, a major supplier of components to the device, has estimated the number to be around 10 million units in late 2021.

The glasses use retinal projection to place a small screen on the wearer’s eyeball.

Apple has been working on mixed reality headsets for years and is expected to debut in 2023

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