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Apple’s AR/VR headset may not be standalone after all

We’ve known for a long time now that Apple is working on its own virtual reality and augmented reality hardware. The first Apple headset is rumoured to be launching in the next year or two, boasting high-end features like eye-tracking technology, ultra high resolution displays and more. There may be one drawback though – the headset may need an accompanying iPhone or Mac to work. 

According to sources speaking with The Information, Apple’s upcoming VR/AR headset will require an iPhone or Mac to unlock ‘full functionality’. The headset itself will feature its own 5nm processor, but the chip is said to not be as powerful as the ones made for iPhone, lacking certain features like AI acceleration.

The report goes a step further to suggest that mass production of the processor for this headset will begin in 2022, leading up to an announcement and launch later in the year.

Apple itself has not announced anything officially at this time, although it is no secret that this technology is being worked on, simply based on patent filings, company acquisitions and direct quotes from CEO, Tim Cook.

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KitGuru Says: Apple wants to beat Microsoft and the Hololens to market, so seeing an iPhone-companion headset announced in 2022 wouldn’t be too surprising. Whether or not this actually comes to pass remains to be seen. 

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