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More details, including eye-watering price, for Apple's mixed reality headset revealed

An artist's impression of what the Apple mixed reality headset currently looks like mid-development. (Image: The Information)
An artist's impression of what the Apple mixed reality headset currently looks like mid-development. (Image: The Information)
More details have surfaced about Apple’s mixed reality headset including an impression of what it looks like and its eye-watering price tag. If you thought that Apple jumped the shark with the pricing of the Airpods Max at US$500, it pales in comparison to what could be an eye-watering US$3,000 price tag for its new headset.

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It's been known for some time now that Apple has been developing a headset that supports both augmented reality and virtual reality experiences -- a combination also known as mixed reality (MR). With the device starting to mature and take the shape of a product that could reach the market in the next 12 to 24 months, firmer details have emerged about its capabilities and its pricing. Thanks to The Information’s Apple insiders, the site has sketched up an artist’s impression of what the headset looks like and has revealed for the first time that it could cost as much as US$3,000.

What could possibly justify such a high price? The headset is said to be fitted with dual 8K OLED displays, which would make it by far the highest resolution headset on the market. Sophisticated eye-tracking and rendering technology is also built in to adjust the resolution according to where the user is looking and reducing it at their peripheral vision -- this is to reduce the strain on the onboard Apple silicon (even it if is expected to be substantially more powerful than the M1 chip currently shipping in Apple’s entry-level Mac line up). 

The Apple MR headset, in its current state, uses over a dozen cameras that are tasked with tracking the user’s hands. These are supplemented by LIDAR sensors similar to the ones that Apple has deployed on its iPad Pro and iPhone Pro models -- as with these implementations, the sensors will deliver highly accurate 3D depth maps to support augmented reality functionality. The Information’s render suggests that Apple will wrap all of this technology into a headset that recalls various devices in its current line up including the Apple Watch-like headband and the HomePod-like fabric surrounding the front of the headset.

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Sanjiv Sathiah
Sanjiv Sathiah - Senior Tech Writer - 1286 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2017
I have been writing about consumer technology over the past ten years, previously with the former MacNN and Electronista, and now Notebookcheck since 2017. My first computer was an Apple ][c and this sparked a passion for Apple, but also technology in general. In the past decade, I’ve become increasingly platform agnostic and love to get my hands on and explore as much technology as I can get my hand on. Whether it is Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Linux, Nintendo, Xbox, or PlayStation, each has plenty to offer and has given me great joy exploring them all. I was drawn to writing about tech because I love learning about the latest devices and also sharing whatever insights my experience can bring to the site and its readership.
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Sanjiv Sathiah, 2021-02- 5 (Update: 2021-02- 5)