Apple’s AR/VR Headset Could Require an iPhone to Use
We already knew that Apple was working hard on its own augmented and virtual reality headset. But a new report today suggests that the next hybrid headset could rely on another Apple device to take advantage of all the features available on the device.
In a new report from The Information, the outlet claims that the headset is designed to communicate or be connected to a host device via a wireless connection, such as an iPhone or other Apple device.
The reliance on another product within the Apple ecosystem is due to the headset’s custom 5-nanometer chips, which Apple recently completed. While these chips aren’t as powerful as chips used in other Apple devices, they do signal that they lack a neural engine for artificial intelligence and machine learning capabilities.
Still, the headset still includes a processor and GPU, so it is possible that the device has limited functionality without another Apple device connected. This chip is also said to offer better wireless data transmission, video compression and decompression, and power efficiency features.
It wouldn’t be the first time Apple has relied on users to further integrate into its own ecosystem of tech products. Apple watches with only Wi-Fi connectivity require an iPhone to function. Facebook is another big tech company that has come under fire for asking Quest 2 owners to have a Facebook account in order to use their standalone VR headset.
Along with a VR / AR headset, Apple is also working on a pair of AR smart glasses with a 2023 launch window.
Taylor is Associate Technical Writer at IGN. You can follow her on Twitter @TayNixster.