Apple on another metaverse news. With the release of a virtual reality headset in the coming months, Apple is likely to follow Mark Zuckerberg into the metaverse. In the spring, the company that makes the iPhone will show off a headset that lets users dive into computer-made worlds.
Apple has been working on the headset for years. After the success of the iPhone, the firm is looking for its next big idea. People will compare Apple’s plans for a virtual reality headset to what Mark Zuckerberg did when he altered Facebook’s name to Meta and put billions of dollars into researching so-called “metaverse” technologies.
Apple is extremely secretive about future product launches, but reports have floated for years that the company is creating a virtual reality headset. The company’s technology, which is believed to look like a pair of ski goggles, is reported to support “mixed reality,” meaning it will be capable of both virtual reality and augmented reality, in which virtual visuals are overlaid on the real world.
The presentation had been scheduled for this month, but has now been moved back to the spring. The Information said before that Apple’s headset would have a battery pack that would be worn around the waist. This would make the goggles lighter than those of competitors.
Several prominent developers have already evaluated the device. It will include a new operating system known as xrOS. The headset might be referred to as the Reality Pro and go on sale in 2023.
Ming Chi-Kuo, an analyst who covers Apple for investment manager TF Securities, said: “Apple’s headset development is behind schedule… it is increasingly unlikely that Apple will hold a media event for the new device in January.”
The rebranding of Meta from Facebook has been met with scepticism, as evidenced by the company’s dropping share price while it invests tens of billions of dollars in Mr. Zuckerberg’s metaverse concept. The company has released a number of virtual reality headsets. Although its Quest devices have proven popular among technology enthusiasts, they are not yet an indispensable equipment.
Meta has made games and virtual worlds for its headset, but its social network for the metaverse, Horizon Worlds, has been empty and not very popular.
Apple has already put out a number of augmented reality apps for the iPhone and iPad that add virtual images and effects on top of the real world.
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