Apple will introduce its first virtual reality headset. Although it will be a pricey precursor, Apple fans will be definitely enthusiastic about it. Just like previous Apple devices, the headset could be an ambitious design and once released, VR could become a more mainstream technology. We would see more mature implementations of virtual reality technology. It should be capable for communicating, watching videos, visiting remote places and gaming. It is said that Apple will release the product next year to compete against Sony PlayStation VR, Facebook Oculus and headsets from other manufacturers. At the moment, VR and AR are still considered as emerging technological implementations, despite their presence in the market for quite a few years.
Without doubt, the VR would integrate seamlessly with macOS through MacBook laptop and Mac Pro desktop PC to stream the content. It may not be a hit comparable to iPhone, but it will be a huge development in the VR sector. It is suggested that the first VR headset from Apple will be noticeably more expensive than competing models from rivals, probably between $300 and $900. Insiders from Apple revealed that each retail store will sell one VR headset per day. Because Apple operates 500 official stores, the annual sales will be more than 180,000 units, if the headset is sold exclusively through Apple’s retail stores. It is likely that Apple will some advanced components within the VR headset, such as high-resolution display.
With the recent introduction of the M1 processor, it is very clear that Apple is capable of producing lightweight chip acceptable performance. We know that Apple has designed a VR headset with integrated fan, which indicates that the internal hardware will be quite powerful. Codenamed N301, the headset already reaches a late stage in the development process. However, it is not yet finalised for release on the market. There’s still a possibility that the design will change or the plan is scrapped completely. The company is also developing an AR wearable, codenamed N421, which is still at an earlier stage. This means that Apple is developing on underlying technologies. It means, Apple’s AR glasses will be released one year or more after the VR headset.
If the integrated fan, powerful processor and mainboard are too heavy and bulky, which cause neck strain and movement problems, Apple may choose a more conventional headset design instead. Because Apple often prioritizes on good design, the headset will shrink in size and becomes closer to the face. This means, Apple will end up them offloading the processing on external devices, such as MacBook, iMac and Mac. It would be quite uncharacteristic for Apple to release something bulky and unfashionable for its loyal fans.
For users with eyesight problems, the headset supports the insertion of prescription lenses. However, there’s a stricter regulation to comply if Apple wants to include prescription products. Also, target countries may have different rules or standards on prescription medical products, which could hamper the release of VR headset in those countries.