Apple’s Mixed Reality Headset has been the talk of the town for a while now. Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman recently added to the frenzy by sharing rumors that the headset will be able to function without requiring companion devices such as iPhones. This means that users will be able to use the standalone device independently without the need for additional hardware.
According to Gurman, the latest versions of the headset will operate using the device’s native operating system. The first models to arrive will provide users with a standalone VR/AR experience that is expected to surpass initial expectations.
The rumored Reality Pro headset is expected to be able to download user data and iCloud content directly from the cloud. However, users can still transfer data from an iPhone or iPad to the headset without much hassle, as the setup process is expected to be similar to other Apple devices.
Apple’s Mixed Reality Headset is expected to come equipped with numerous revolutionary features that are set to enhance user experience. For example, the headset will use the user’s hand and eye movements to operate, and users will not require a physical remote to use it.
The in-air typing feature, which allows users to type in the air using hand gestures, is another exciting feature of the headset. However, this feature has proven to be a bit “finicky” in early tests, and users may have to resort to using an iPhone keyboard for a smoother setup process.
Nonetheless, Apple is expected to push post-release software updates to improve this feature. Additionally, the headset is expected to come with other features like leg tracking, face tracking, and iris scanning for logins and payments.
According to Gurman, follow-up models for the Mixed Reality Headset are already in the works, and cheaper alternatives will likely be available in the next year or two. The Reality One, as per an Apple-linked company’s prior official trademark filings, maybe the name of the cheaper alternative.
Moreover, reports suggest that the headset will reach a production figure of at least 750,000, and mass production is set to begin in March 2023 by Pegatron. The headset is rumored to cost around the $3000 mark, which may deter some consumers from purchasing it.
The Mixed Reality Headset is expected to be powered by Apple’s potent M2 chip, making it one of the most powerful headsets on the market. Moreover, the second-generation Reality Pro models may prove to be even more potent since they will use a stronger Apple chip.
Apple’s upcoming Mixed Reality Headset is an exciting development for the tech world, and the rumor that it can function independently without companion devices only adds to the excitement. With innovative features like in-air typing and hand and eye movement operations, the headset is poised to revolutionize the VR/AR industry. However, the high price tag may deter some consumers, but with cheaper alternatives on the horizon, the future looks bright for Apple’s Mixed Reality Headset project.