Rumors that Apple intends to launch a new AR/VR headset as soon as next year continue to mount with the latest claim coming from analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.
According to them, Apple will not only launch the new headset towards the end of 2022 but that it will also come with new WiFi 6E connectivity for improved performance and data transfer speeds.
The report, which comes in a research note seen by MacRumors, has the improved performance also coming to similar headsets from the likes of Meta and Sony, according to the MacRumors article.
The adoption of the latest Wi-Fi specification is a basic requirement for head-mounted displays (HMDs) to improve the wireless experience. New HMDs from Meta, Apple, and Sony will all adopt Wi-Fi 6/6E in 2022.
We forecast Meta, Apple, and Sony to be the most influential brands in the metaverse device market in 2022, with Meta, Apple, and Sony launching new HMDs in 2H22, 4Q22, and 2Q22, respectively.
The use of WiFi 6E could allow for faster data transfer for improved graphical fidelity. It’s thought that an enhanced refresh rate would be made possible by the additional bandwidth offered by WiFi 6E. A refresh rate jump to 120Hz could be opened up here, allowing for buttery-smooth visuals.
Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman also weighed in with a separate report that suggests gaming could be a focus for the new device, too.
Apple’s first headset will be of the mixed reality variety. That means it will have both AR and VR capabilities. While gaming can be done in both environments, virtual reality is what you want for seriously high-performance games with top-tier graphics. For Apple’s first headset, that’s what it’s shooting for: a mixed reality experience that can handle games in high-quality virtual reality with snappy chips and high-end displays.
Apple isn’t known for its position in the gaming space beyond Apple Arcade, but that could all change if it is able to create a VR headset that takes games from an iPhone and puts them right in front of our eyes.
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