In his new note to investors, tech analyst Ming-Chi Kuo writes that the Apple mixed reality headset will launch in late 2022 and the AR/VR device will be powered by an M1-like powerful processor to support high-end capabilities. Previously, Kuo said that the launch of the Apple AR/VR mixed reality headset is pushed from Q2, 2022 to Q4, 2022, or early 2023 because the tech giant is working on perfecting its design and developing a more diverse software, service, and ecosystem to compete with rival products.
Powered with two M1-like processors, Apple mixed reality headset will work independently
The augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) headset will be equipped with M1 like Apple Silicon to offer powerful capabilities. Apple mixed reality headset will work independently without being paired with an iPhone or iPad.
We predict that Apple’s AR headset to be launched in 4Q22 will be equipped with two processors. The higher-end processor will have similar computing power as the M1 for Mac, whereas the lower-end processor will be in charge of sensor-related computing. The power management unit (PMU) design of the high-end processor is similar to that of M1 because it has the same level of computing power as M1.
Apple’s AR headset requires a separate processor as the computing power of the sensor is significantly higher than that of the iPhone. For example, the AR headset requires at least 6-8 optical modules to simultaneously provide continuous video see-through AR services to users. In comparison, an iPhone requires up to 3 optical modules running simultaneously and does not require continuous computing.
Recently, Kuo claimed that Apple AR/VR headset will feature advanced Wi-Fi 6E with 6 GHz band connectivity to deliver higher performance, lower latency, and faster data rates.