Apple is very interested in augmented reality. Not content with offering developers a dedicated development kit, ARKit, the company has actually gone so far as to embed a LiDAR on its latest tablets and smartphones to allow them to create even more realistic and even crazier experiences.
If you yourself are equipped with one of these devices, then know that here you will find a list of 6 applications that fully exploit the LiDAR of the iPad Pro and iPhone 12 Pro .
Apple therefore seems to appreciate augmented reality and the company could even go even further than it has already done by launching in the more or less near future a pair of connected glasses, the highly anticipated Apple Glass .
An Apple VR headset while waiting for Apple Glass
But now, on the side of Bloomberg , we also mention another completely different product.
This product, which does not yet have a name, would be in the form of a virtual reality-oriented headset. A compact, autonomous helmet that would be worn like a visor. Exactly like what Samsung's Gear VRs offered in their day.
With one difference, however. Unlike Samsung's solution, this VR headset would not need a smartphone to function and therefore would be sufficient on its own. Better yet, it could integrate a brand new Apple Silicon chip, a chip capable of deploying more computing power than the M1.
A device geared towards games, multimedia and communications
A parenthesis is in order. You probably know this if you've read our MacBook Pro M1 review , but this famous chip, which is intended primarily for consumer machines, manages to do as well if not better than most high-end chips from Intel.
For our part, we were thus surprised to be able to edit videos on Final Cut Pro and Premiere Pro with an ease similar to that provided by our 16-inch MacBook Pro i9, and this even though the configuration used for our comparison was the least. powerful from Apple's catalog.
The M1 is therefore a much more versatile chip than we thought and an even more powerful chip on board this VR headset would of course open up the possibilities. Bloomberg also mentions in his article a device oriented game, multimedia and communication.
One way to prepare the ground for Apple Glass?
Assuming that our colleagues' information is correct, the Apple VR should therefore be able to offer us a good variety of experiences … and at the same time be suitable for a lot of different uses.
Regarding the look of the device, Bloomberg mentions a visor the size of the Oculus Quest with external cameras for augmented reality experiences – it would indeed not bet all its marbles on virtual reality – and plastic with fabric to make the device as light as possible. There is also talk of a feature that allows a user to tap the air to enter text, but Bloomberg is not sure if this will be retained on the final version of the headset.
Apple would of course not intend to draw a line on Apple Glass. On the other hand, the latter would still be in the prototyping phase and they should be marketed after this helmet, a helmet which would also aim to prepare developers and consumers for the arrival of the brand's connected glasses.