According to a new report by Bloomberg, Apple is currently in the midst of its own VR headset.
It’s been rumoured for a while that Apple is working on an augmented reality (AR) headset but as Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman points out, this VR device would be a precursor.
Apple’s AR glasses (codenamed N421) are in the early stages called “architecture”. This means Apple is still working on the tech for the device.
The earliest reveal for the AR glasses could be 2023.
The upcoming headset would be a “mostly virtual reality device”, with the ability to watch videos, gaming and some AR functionality. It would also be running an operating system, currently codenamed “rOS” and would have its own App Store.
Apple’s acquisition of NextVR last year could help build out the content for the device.
The headset would be more of a high-end niche product and be priced higher than those from Oculus and Sony’s PlayStation VR.
Powering the headset would be using Apple Silicon that is faster than their current M1 chips.
The current prototype of the headset includes a fabric exterior, a fan and possibly custom prescription lens inserts to use with the headset’s high-res screens.
The Apple VR headset (codenamed N301) is currently in the late prototype stage, so nothing is finalized and could be cancelled.
If the VR headset goes ahead, we could see it as early as 2022.