Apple VR/AR headset might actually be good

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Apple has supposedly made great improvements in the software for its upcoming VR/AR headset. Reportedly, someone who’s had a chance to test prototypes several times was “blown away” by the latest iteration after finding earlier versions disappointing.

If true, this would help explain why Apple is finally apparently stopped pushing back the release of the product, which will combine virtual reality and augmented reality features.

Surprise, Apple VR/AR headset might not suck

There’s a lot of skepticism about the upcoming product. Currently, VR headsets are a niche product used mainly by gamers, though there are industrial uses, too. And reports that the Apple Reality Pro will cost about $3,000 surely puts a damper on the excitement among average consumers.

Still, there new reason for some optimism about Apple’s VR/AR headset.

Tipster Evan Blass said via Twitter:

“A person I know who’s had several opportunities to demo the upcoming first-gen 🍎XR, has gone from lamenting its ‘underwhelming’ capabilities to being ‘blown away’ by the experience that the latest hardware/firmware delivers.

“The leap they’ve made since [late last year] is giant. I was so skeptical; now I’m blown away in a ‘take my money’ kind of way.”

As positive as that sounds, keep in mind that the only people who’ve had a demo of the product so far have been Apple employees, so the person talking to Blass’ isn’t an unbiased observer.

Still, Apple has a long history of taking formerly niche products mainstream. MP3 players and smartphones weren’t popular before Apple got its hands on them, to name just a couple of examples.

What we know about Reality Pro

Apple’s intent to release a VR/AR headset is an open secret. Even CEO Tim Cook couldn’t resist dropping a hint about it in 2022.

There have been a long series of leaks revealing many details. Recently, that included descriptions of the software that Blass’ source is so excited about. Like any Apple computer, will come with an array of applications, for productivity, collaboration and fun. These will be displayed to the headset wearer in augmented reality as though they were floating in front of the viewer.

As for hardware, tipsters say the device will sport three high-res displays, one of which will be external. It’ll be powered by a chip on par with the Apple M2 for cutting-edge performance. Many types of sensors will detect the wearer’s surroundings and their hands, and even scan their face.

Apple is expected to launch the product at WWDC23 in June where third-party developers will get first look at the tools for coding for its xrOS.

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