In his latest investors’ note, tech analyst, Ming-Chi Kuo writes that Apple’s alleged mixed reality AR headset will be equipped with 15 camera modules used for different purposes. And Largan will be Apple’s production partner to develop its Augmented Reality device.
Earlier, Kuo claimed that the Cupertino tech giant would launch the mixed reality AR/VR headset in 2022, AR glasses by 2025, and a completely new product, AR contact lens by 2030-2040. Previously, Kuo had shared that the new mixed reality AR headset will be lightweight and heavy in price, around $1000.
Recently published patents revealed the new technology Apple wants to use in the upcoming headsets. It is revealed that the company is working on a finger-mounted device with a collection of sensors and haptic feedback that can be used as a control device for the company’s AR and VR headsets. The mixed reality headset will feature dual 8K displays, swappable headbands, and eye-tracking.
Apple’s mixed reality AR headset will use 15 camera modules for AR and biometrics
Claiming that Apple’s new headset will provide an immersive AR experience that will be significantly better than currently available VR products. Now he details that the headset will have 15 camera modules used for AR and biometrics.
Eight of the 15 camera modules will be used for see-through augmented reality experiences, six modules will be used for “innovative biometrics,” and one camera module will be used for environmental detection. Largan will supply many of the 15 camera lenses.
The headset will be “portable” with independent computing power and storage, but not “mobile” like an iPhone. Current prototypes weigh in at 200 to 300 grams, but the final weight may be reduced to 100 to 200 grams should Apple be able to solve technical problems.
As industry reports claim that Apple is gradually shifting to OLED display’s in iPad and MacBook Pro models launching in 2022, Kuo says that the company will also use the display technology in the upcoming AR headsets.
Kuo, also believes that Apple’s mixed reality headset will be significantly lighter than many VR devices on the market, and that it will provide an “immersive experience that is significantly better than existing VR products.” Kuo expects the headset to be priced at around $1000, and it will feature high-end micro-OLED displays.