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Apple’s much-anticipated AR/VR headset project is almost here, and the Wall Street Journal has the inside scoop on what we can expect from the tech giant’s latest innovation. According to the report, Apple plans to debut the headset at the Worldwide Developers Conference in June, where many sessions will be dedicated to developing software for the device. However, the headset’s mass production is not expected to begin until September due to manufacturing delays.
The headset is expected to feature an internal screen for virtual reality while outward-facing cameras will allow users to view the real world inside the headset with augmented reality overlays. This combination of VR and AR is known as “mixed reality” and is expected to offer a unique and immersive experience.
The report also confirms several details previously reported by Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman and The Information’s Wayne Ma, including the headset’s unconventional design and experimental nature. The device is rumored to cost around $3,000 and has a waist-mounted external battery pack.
While Apple has not yet revealed the headset’s biggest selling point, sources cited in the report suggest that its capabilities “far exceed those of competitors.” The headset is expected to offer “greater levels of performance and immersion” than some competing devices, such as the Quest Pro headset from Facebook’s parent company, Meta.
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The report suggests that FaceTime, Apple Fitness+, and gaming could be three major use cases for the headset. With its unique combination of VR and AR, the device could offer a new way to connect with others, exercise, and play games.
With WWDC just weeks away, anticipation is building for Apple’s latest innovation. While there may be some production issues with the headset, Apple’s track record of creating groundbreaking products suggests that the wait will be worth it. Stay tuned for more updates as we learn more about Apple’s AR/VR headset project.