Apple’s mixed reality headset, which has been long-rumoured to be in development for 2022, is said to feature 15 camera modules for enhanced tracking and will help deliver a unique experience to users.
TF International Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has released a new research note, which was obtained by MacRumors. The note reportedly detailed how the Apple analyst predicts that the company’s mixed-reality headset will have a range of camera modules, with upwards of 15 in total.
Kuo believed that one camera will be utilized for environment tracking. Six of the camera modules are also said to be used for “innovative biometrics”. Finally, the remaining eight are believed to be used for see-through augmented reality experiences. Kuo notes that Taiwanese supplier Largan will be in charge of fulfilling many of the orders for the camera modules.
This latest piece of news couples well with Bloomberg‘s previous report, where sources believed the mixed reality headset will be finalized for release in 2022. Previously, it’s been noted that a large hurdle for Apple was developing a headset that was light enough for a user’s head. In order to compensate for the weight, Apple created a lightweight frame and a fabric design.
It’s also been noted that Apple is developing its headset to be portable with an independent power supply and storage. This will be a significant step up from many other VR/AR headsets, where the user is tethered to a PC or in the case of Sony’s PSVR, a console.
A mixed reality headset is not the only peripheral said to be in development by the iPhone maker. According to Kuo, Apple is tackling these innovations in three phases. The first will be to introduce the mixed reality headset in 2022. The company will then follow that up with an Apple Glasses product in 2025. Finally, Apple supposedly aims to release AR/VR contact lenses in the span of 2030 to 2040.