Apple AR headset with M1 Mac processing power, analyst says

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Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has reaffirmed predictions that the first Apple AR headset will launch in late 2022, but now says it will be a much more powerful device than expected.

Ming-Chi Kuo confirms his earlier claim that Apple will launch its first augmented reality headset in late 2022 and says it will be a standalone device.

Recent rumors have hinted that the first Apple AR headset will complement the iPhone, just as the Apple Watch is. In particular, it was believed that the headset would transfer most of its processing to the iPhone.

Now, however, in a note to investors, Kuo has said that the headset will have a main processor that is the equivalent of the M1. In addition, it will have a second processor that will handle all sensor-related computing, for example with eye tracking and gaze detection.

“[The] computing power of the sensor is significantly higher than that of the iPhone,” said Kuo.[The main processor will have] same level of computing power as Macs.”

That M1-level computing power is reportedly needed because the headset processor will have to drive two 4K micro-LED screens, made by Sony.

Kuo further claims that the device will support a “extensive range of applications”, perhaps suggesting a headset App Store. Apple ultimately plans that a future version of the AR/VR headset will be both so capable and so powerful that it will essentially replace the iPhone.

Separately, investment bank Morgan Stanley recently claimed that Apple will launch AR soon. It also advised customers that the AR field will “take off” once Apple hits the market.

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