Rumors about Apple working on an augmented reality/mixed reality (AR/MR) headset have been circulating for a few months. According to a new study produced for investors by Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the next Apple AR headset may demand the same computing power as the MacBook Pro. According to Kuo, the device’s performance should be far superior than that of the most recent iPhones.
The research, which was first obtained by AppleInsider, covers a wide range of topics about the alleged AR/MR headset. Kuo discusses the device’s design, which could include not one, but two processors: one 4nm chip and one 5nm chip. This is more than predicted, and if accurate, Apple will be ahead of the competition, as most competitor AR/MR headsets only have one processor.
Running two distinct CPUs is no small feat, so it’s no surprise that the new Apple headgear will necessitate a significant amount of processing power. The tablet would employ a 96W Jabil charger with the same specifications as the 14-inch MacBook Pro, according to Kuo. Despite the headset’s (likely) high power requirements, this will result in faster and more efficient charging. “[It] indicates that Apple AR/MR demands the same level of computing power as the MacBook Pro and is substantially greater than the iPhone,” Kuo said of the decision to utilise a 96W charger.
Qualcomm may be left in the dust by Apple.
If the new AR/MR headset proves to be as popular as Ming-Chi Kuo forecasts in the rest of the report, Apple could be on the verge of a massive hit. According to Kuo, the headset will provide “vivid AR novel user experiences” and provide consumers unparalleled access to the metaverse. Because it’s part of the Apple ecosystem, it’ll almost certainly have seamless support for other Apple devices. Other AR/MR/VR headset makers may find it challenging to attain this level of interoperability.
Using two CPUs instead of one will undoubtedly offer the Apple headset an advantage over similar products now on the market. According to Kuo, it might be up to three years ahead of its biggest competitors, such as Qualcomm. The great majority of AR/VR headset CPUs are now supplied by Qualcomm, as Kuo mentioned in this most recent study, with the XR2 chip being the company’s current flagship.
Qualcomm’s XR2 processor has computing capability comparable to that of a smartphone. In terms of pure power and performance, if the future Apple AR/MR headset is closer to a computer than a phone, Qualcomm may be left behind. According to the analyst, it could take up to two years for the current market leader to catch up to Apple.
Although the Apple AR/MR/VR headset is expected to be released in 2022, supplies will be restricted. Ming-Chi Kuo, on the other hand, expects annual sales to rise: 3 million units in 2023, 8-10 million units in 2024, and eventually 15-20 million units in 2025, according to Ming-Chi Kuo.