Apple’s upcoming AR / VR headset must be linked to an iPhone

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If you believe the rumors, Apple is apparently working on an AR / VR headset. Some claim it could hit the market this year or next, but suffice to say little is known about it. However, a new report from The Information has shed some light on the alleged device.

According to the report, they claim that Apple has actually completed work on the chip that would power the headset and that test production of its physical design is ready to begin. Apparently, TSMC will be Apple’s maker for the chipset, but that shouldn’t really come as a surprise.

The report also goes on to say that while the device will be wireless, it appears to need another device to connect to. This is said to be in the form of a phone, tablet, or computer, all of which will be used to perform the more powerful calculations required to display AR / VR images.

It should come as no surprise that Apple needed an iPhone or iPad as a headset lanyard. At the moment, the Apple Watch still needs a connected iPhone to receive notifications and calls (unless you have the LTE version). Apple has been giving indications of its AR / VR plans for a while without specifically confirming that they are developing hardware for it.

When exactly we’ll see this mixed reality headset is unclear, but if it’s ready for test production, we probably won’t see it this year and 2022 would be the earliest if we had to venture a guess.

Filed in Apple Gadgets Rumors. Read more about Augmented Reality (AR), iPhone, Virtual Reality (VR) and Wearable Tech. Source: 9to5mac

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