A new report today by The Information has shared some additional details about Apple’s highly-anticipated AR/VR headset, which the company reportedly previewed to its board members last week (via MacRumors).
According to the publication, Apple’s forthcoming mixed-reality headset will feature 14 cameras to enable “lifelike avatars with accurate facial expressions.” The report adds that “incorporating 14 cameras on the headset has caused headaches for hardware and algorithm engineers.”
The initial version of Apple’s headset is also said to lack a focus on gaming, notes the report. “Four people who have worked on the project also criticized its lack of focus on gaming, a category of software that appeals to early adopters.”
Moreover, Apple’s former design chief Jony Ive continues to remain involved in the Apple headset’s design as an external consultant to the company, the source notes.
One person familiar with the matter said Ive’s consulting work for Apple since he left includes the headset, adding that he is often brought in to help his former team push through their preferences in areas such as battery, camera placement and ergonomics over those of engineers.
Apple’s headset is apparently slated to be unveiled as early as the end of 2022 or early next, with a product launch in 2023. Reports claim the high-end device could cost up to a whopping $2,000 USD.