Upcoming Apple mixed-reality headset to use 3D version of iOS, featuring eye and hand-tracking systems
We are closer than ever to the long-rumored launch of Apple’s all-new mixed-reality headset, which analyst suggest could be announced as soon as spring, with a new report today from Bloomberg suggesting that the device “is an ambitious attempt to create a 3D version of the iPhone’s operating system,” reportedly featuring eye- and hand-tracking systems “that could set the technology apart from rival products.”
Expected to be called “Apple Reality Pro” the new device will cost “roughly $3,000” when it debuts, according to Bloomberg, which is “roughly twice the price of rival devices” from companies like Meta.
The report claims that the new headset will have several external cameras “ that can analyze a user’s hands, as well as sensors within the gadget’s housing to read eyes.”
The cameras will allow the user to control the device by looking at an on-screen item, with Bloomberg claiming “Users will then pinch their thumb and index finger together to activate the task — without the need to hold anything.”
The headset, which likely we release the fall after its spring debut, is said to include an Apple Watch-style Digital Crown for switching between AR and VR modes.
In 2021 saw The Information publish a sketch of the upcoming headset, claiming to have seen secret internal imagery from an unnamed source “with direct knowledge” of the development, reporting at the time that the device will offer a “sleek, curved visor attached to the face by a mesh material and swappable headbands.”
Concept creator Ian Zelbo has released visuals showing what Apple’s new headset will probably look like based on earlier leaked information, featuring an Apple Watch-style adjustable headband and an AirPods Max reminiscent mesh cushion for comfort around the wearer’s eyes.