With the metaverse being all the rage, it’s no wonder that Apple plans on preparing for its inevitable arrival.
Tim Cook, Apple CEO, has been hinting towards the company’s involvement in an augmented reality future for years, often teasing people with the company’s progress in developing the right technology.
Cook spoke with China Daily after the Worldwide Developers Conference this year and revealed that they are working on augmented reality technology.
The CEO’s hints have been more frequent lately, leading people to believe that Apple is working on a mixed reality and AR headset.
“I am incredibly excited about AR, as you might know, and the critical thing to any technology, including AR, is putting humanity at the center of it,” said the Apple CEO. “And that is what we focus on every day. Right now, as an example, we have over 14,000 ARKit apps in the App Store, which provide AR experiences for millions of people around the world.”
“I think despite that, we’re still in the very early innings of how this technology will evolve,” Cook added. “I couldn’t be more excited about the opportunities we’ve seen in this space and sort of stay tuned and you’ll see what we have to offer.”
Apple has not confirmed that it’s been working on AR/VR wearable devices, but rumors have run abound for years.
The speculated headset offers mixed reality technology with a curved visor that fits the face.
The rumored Apple headset is said to have a strap like the one on their watch, which will keep it in place.
The headset is said to be the next big thing in VR, with 15 camera modules and two 4K micro-OLED displays. It is said to be powered by an M-series processor that makes it comparable if not superior to some high end smartphones.
The release of Apple’s new headset is expected next year with demos sent to board members, possibly signaling that it’s close to being finished.
The speculation is that the headset will be priced around $3,000 once it launches.