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Apple’s highly anticipated AR/VR headset “Reality Pro” has been the subject of much skepticism, with concerns about its rumored high price tag and the underwhelming performance of competing products. However, according to a recent tweet from reliable leaker Evan Blass, one Apple tester has had their skepticism completely reversed, now being “blown away” by the device.
The tester, who has had the opportunity to demo the headset over the last few months, reportedly went from “lamenting its ‘underwhelming’ capabilities” to being completely enamored by it. Blass shared the tester’s words, “The leap they’ve made since late last year is giant…I was so skeptical; now I’m blown away in a ‘take my money kind of way”, on his private Twitter account.
Apple has been working on this headset for years, but its debut has been repeatedly pushed back due to development issues. The company is finally ready to preview it, with the Worldwide Developers Conference being the expected venue for its unveiling.
The headset is shaping up to be similar to the Apple Watch in terms of early functionality, being expensive and limited in usefulness initially. Apple plans to iterate on it over time, with new models already in development. The Apple Watch, which was also initially met with skepticism, eventually became indispensable to many after notable strides in its technical capabilities.
The headset, expected to be called the “Reality Pro” or “Reality One”, will feature dual 4K micro OLED displays from Sony for a total resolution of 8K, and more than a dozen cameras for mapping the area around the user, reading facial expressions, interpreting gestures, and more. It will feature a sleek, curved visor made from aluminum, glass, and carbon fiber to keep weight low, and a battery is worn at the waist to prevent the headset from being too heavy.
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Apple is also working on updating its apps for the device, with a focus on communication and collaboration, television and sports, gaming, and health and fitness. Despite skepticism from some employees and analysts, Apple CEO Tim Cook remains confident in the company’s ability to innovate and create a product that will eventually become indispensable to consumers.