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Apple's AR headset with 3D scanning rumoured to launch in 2022

By Cookie Monster - on 12 Nov 2019, 4:00am

Apple's AR headset with 3D scanning rumoured to launch in 2022

Apple's upcoming augmented reality (AR) headset could be launched in 2022 according to The Information. 

The Information claims that the 2022 timeline was shared by Apple executives in an internal presentation at Apple Park last month. The presentation was said to be attended by over 1,000 employees, which suggests that there is a huge team working on the project. Discussions during the presentation were reportedly led by Mike Rockwell, a former Dolby executive who was recently appointed the head of AR & VR at Apple.

The AR headset is said to resemble Facebook's Oculus Quest VR headset, but with a sleeker design that will "make heavy use of fabrics and lightweight materials". This is to ensure that the user can wear it comfortably for extended periods of time.

In line with earlier reports by Bloomberg and CNET, the AR headset is expected to have a high-resolution display and cameras that can allow the user to "read small type" and "see other people standing in front of and behind virtual objects". In addition, it is believed to be capable of mapping surfaces, edges and dimensions of rooms with higher accuracy than current devices on the market. 

To ensure that there is an app ecosystem built for the AR headset, Apple plans to reach out to third-party software developers as early as 2021 to persuade them to build apps. Hence, there is a chance that the AR headset could be previewed earlier than 2022. A "sleeker" pair of AR glasses is also planned for release in 2023.

DigiTimes reported last week that Apple has partnered with U.S game developer Valve to develop AR head-mounted display devices. Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo also claimed that the AR headset could be launched in 2020 "in collaboration with third-party vendors". Bloomberg expects the AR headset or digital smart glasses to debut alongside the 5G iPhone next year.

Source: The Information via MacRumors

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