Apple Reality Pro, confirmed external battery and many other new features

Apple’s first AR/VR headset could be unveiled this spring, and the new rumor comes from a reliable source like Bloomberg.

Bloomberg explains that Apple’s Technology Development Group, a team of more than 1,000 people, spent the past seven years working on the first version of the AR/VR headset. The Reality Pro headset is expected to cost around $3,000 when it debuts, roughly double the price of competing devices from companies like Meta.

According to the report, “Eye and hand tracking capability will be a major selling point” for the Reality Pro headset. Using external cameras, the headset will be able to analyze the user’s hands, while internal sensors will be used to track eyes:

“Apple’s headphones will have multiple external cameras capable of analyzing a user’s hands, as well as sensors inside the case to track eyes. This allows the user to control the device by looking at an item on the screen, be it a button, application icon, or list item, to select it. »

Users will then bring their thumb and index finger together to trigger the action, without having to touch anything. The approach differs from other headsets, which usually rely on a controller.

Other hardware details of the headset include the presence of an Apple Watch-like digital crown to switch between AR and VR. VR mode will fully immerse the user, but when AR mode is activated, “virtual content fades and surrounds the user’s real environment” . This would be one of the features that Apple hopes will become a “flagship”.

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To solve overheating problems, the Reality Pro will use an external battery that » fits in the user’s pocket and connects via a cable « . There will also be a cooling fan to further reduce the risk of the headset overheating.

“Apple’s headphones will be able to last about two hours per battery” reports Bloomberg. The battery is roughly the size of two iPhone 14 Pro Max stacked on top of each other. ”

Other information shared by Bloomberg:

  • AR/VR headset can be used as an external display for Mac: “Users will be able to view their Mac’s screen in virtual reality while controlling the computer with a physical keyboard or mouse and keyboard.”
  • Applications such as Safari, Photos, Mail, Messages, App Store, Apple TV and many more will be available on the headset.
  • Text input can be done via Siri or via a nearby iPhone, Mac or iPad.
  • Apple is developing technology that will allow users to touch the air with their hands. ”
  • Apple has developed its main engine to power VR games. ”
  • Some internal Reality Pro prototypes have a built-in battery with USB-C charging
  • The first version of the Reality Pro headset will be created » aluminium, glass and flexible materials. ”
  • The product will have a curved display on the front that can show the user’s eyes outwards, with speakers on the sides and a headband that helps fit the device around the user’s head. ”
  • Apple waits “Immersive video viewing is a key feature” by Reality Pro, with potential partners such as Disney, Dolby and others.
  • There will be one » Dedicated video viewing feature that can make viewers feel like they are watching the movie on a giant screen in a different environment, such as in a desert or space. ”
  • FaceTime on headphones it will realistically render the user’s full face and body in virtual reality. ”

Release is planned for spring.

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