Apple VR headset may launch soon, CEO Tim Cook drops major hint

Apple CEO Tim Cook said in a recent interview that the iPhone maker plans to enter the AR and VR space and asked potential customers to “keep up to date” with what Apple has to offer in the space. Also read – Samsung likely to supply OLED screens for iPads, MacBooks

In an interview with China Daily USA, spotted by @cesarberardini on Twitter, Tim Cook said the company has launched more than 14,000 ARKit apps on the App Store that provide AR experiences to millions of people around the world. Also Read – Apple’s mixed reality headset will feature content created by Hollywood directors

“I couldn’t be more excited about the possibilities in space. Stay tuned and you’ll see what we have to offer,” said Tim Cook. Also read – WWDC 2022 is in next week: Here’s what we expect to see from Apple’s event

“For example, right now we have more than 14,000 ARKit apps in the App Store that deliver AR experiences to millions of people around the world,” he continued. “But despite that, I think we’re still in the early stages of how this technology will evolve.”

“I couldn’t be more excited about the opportunities we’ve seen in this space,” Cook said, “and stay tuned, and you’ll see what we have to offer.”

Apple’s upcoming headset would come with multiple highly sensitive 3D sensing modules to provide innovative hand tracking. According to Ming-chi Kuo, the textured light sensors will be able to detect objects in the hands, similar to how Face ID can track facial expressions to generate Animoji.

The headset will have two processors, one with the same computing power as the M1, along with a lower chip to handle input from various sensors. It can come with at least six to eight optical modules to provide continuous video-transparent AR services at the same time. A recent report also claimed that Apple is partnering with TSMC to develop “ultra-advanced” micro-OLED displays for “upcoming augmented reality devices.”

Apple’s upcoming headset will focus on gaming, media consumption and communication.

It will be similar to the Oculus Quest, and some prototypes under test will include external cameras to enable some AR features.

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