Apple’s mixed reality headset has been clouded in speculation for months, and a recent report from Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman suggests that it may use Apple’s flagship M2 chip. According to Gurman, Apple’s most recent iteration of the gadget, which is supposedly capable of delivering augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) experiences, comprises a basic M2 chip and 16GB of RAM.
This varies from supply chain expert Ming-Chi Kuo’s earlier prediction. The prediction that Apple’s headset will include a primary chip with the capabilities of an M1 chip and a second, less powerful processor specifically designed to handle data from the device’s sensors. While Gurman does not mention the alleged secondary chip in this story, The Information previously reported on a rumoured multiple chip configuration.
It only seems logical that Apple would switch the M1 out for the most recent edition of its in-house chip since the M1 was initially intended to serve as the headset’s primary processor. Apple unveiled the new M2 processor at its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) earlier this month. It is 18% faster in terms of CPU and 35% faster in terms of GPU than the previous M1 chip, says Apple.
Rumours about the device’s standalone form factor have already begun to circulate, and Gurman’s forecast that it will possess 16GB of RAM might signal a possibly more powerful level of performance than the all-in-one Meta Quest 2. When Apple’s VR headset is ultimately released, it will be fascinating to see how it compares against Meta’s VR headset, which has 6GB of RAM and the Snapdragon XR2 Platform.
Apple’s rumoured mixed reality headset appears to be approaching completion
There have been indications that Apple’s headset is nearing its reported January 2023 launch date. In May, Apple’s board of directors reportedly had the opportunity to check out the headset. The rumoured operating system for the headset, called RealityOS, has also been spotted in Apple’s code. And in a trademark application that was probably submitted by the company.
Apple CEO Tim Cook all but confirmed the headset’s existence last week when he told China Daily interviewers to “stay tuned and you will see what we have to offer” in the mixed reality arena.