Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo in a new note for investors gave more details about the company’s upcoming AR headphones. The analyst says that the AR headphones will have the same level of computing power as the Mac, which will differentiate Apple’s headphones from the competition.
The processor inside the AR headphones will be similar to the M1 chip that Apple first debuted in its Macs last year. This will be paired with a low-power coprocessor that will control the sensory aspects of the device.
Kuo further adds that the AR headphones will be able to work independently without connecting to a Mac or iPhone and will support a range of applications. The headphones will also have a pair of 4K Micro OLED screens and support the VR experience thanks to the powerful chip in it.
Apple’s AR headphones require a special processor because the computing power of the sensor is significantly higher than that of the iPhone. For example, AR headphones require at least 6-8 optical modules to simultaneously provide users with continuous video-transparent AR services. By comparison, the iPhone requires up to 3 optical modules that work simultaneously and does not require continuous computing.
It is rumored that Apple’s AR headphones will be launched in the second half of 2022 or early 2023. It is easily one of the company’s most anticipated products. It remains to be seen how Apple will use its chip expertise to differentiate itself from the competition.
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