Apple’s first highly anticipated mixed-reality headset could feature the company’s recently announced system-on-a-chip (SoC) processor, the M2, according to Bloomberg’s notable Apple tracker Mark Gurman.
In his latest Power On newsletter, the Bloomberg reporter said the latest version of Apple’s mixed reality headset will offer a combination of augmented and virtual reality experiences, including a base M2 chip and 16GB of RAM.
“I was told that the latest internal incarnations of the device use the basic M2 chip along with 16 gigabytes of RAM,” he writes.
The M2, unveiled earlier this month at the company’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), will power the new MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pro. It offers an 18 percent faster CPU and 35 percent faster GPU compared to the previous generation M1 chip.
As The Verge points out, Gurman’s report differs from most recent reports, including those from Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo and The Information, who suggested the mixed reality headset could have dual processors. According to Kuo, the advanced processor could have the same computing power as the M1 for Mac, while another would be a lower-end chip to handle inputs from the various sensors.
In a recent interview with China Daily, CEO Tim Cook said he “couldn’t be more excited about the opportunities” that augmented and virtual reality offer. He told the publication to “keep up to date” with the company’s announcements regarding AR/VR technology.
The much-rumored mixed-reality headset is expected to be a boon to the gaming industry and is likely to be announced in January 2023, Kuo says.
In addition to Apple’s AR/VR headset, Gurman’s report also lists other new products that could be launched in the next 12 months. This includes four iPhone 14 models, three Apple Watch variants, several Macs with M2 and M3 chips, low-end and high-end iPads, updated AirPods Pro earbuds, a new HomePod and an improved Apple TV.
Apple has not yet commented on the report. Stay tuned for more updates!