Bloomberg’s Mark German has been a very reliable source of tech rumors for some time now. He has once again come out with more details about the upcoming Apple AR/VR headset. First of all, he said that the headset will be called Apple Reality Pro. He advises that it may see the light of day at WWDC. It will be released in the US at a price of $3,000 later in 2023.

The Cupertino company is determined to complete a seven-year project. An apple gathered about 1,000 people to form a technology development group just to work on Apple Reality Pro.

Apple Reality Pro is Apple’s new product category since 2015

Since Apple first released the Apple Watch in 2015, Reality Pro has been Apple’s only new product category. In doing so, Apple is taking a huge financial risk for its success.

According to German, the Reality Pro will come in aluminum, glass, and cushion, just like the Airpod Max’s construction materials. It is said to have a curved screen on the front. This will show the eyes of the wearer. It will also have side speakers as well as a headband that will allow it to fit snugly on the user’s head.

Reports suggest that the Reality Pro will use a modified version of Apple’s M2 chip. It will also come with an external battery pack that will be connected via a USB cable. The user may need to keep the battery in the pocket when wearing the headset. The battery will be the size of two iPhone 14 Pro Max batteries put together and will last for a maximum of two hours.

Features of Apple Reality Pro Apple Reality Pro

In terms of features, Reality Pro will be quite different from other competing products like Meta Quest Pro from Meta. There will be both face and eye tracking. It will also combine Virtual Reality (indoor real environment) and Augment Reality (outdoor real environment).

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Sources also say that the Reality Pro will come with its own user interface, just like any other Apple device. Reality Pro’s operating system is said to be called xrOS. It can also serve as a video consumption device. This means that users can use it to watch movies and also serve as an external monitor for Mac.

Reality Pro will also include multiple cameras to track your hands and feet. It will also have sensors to track your eyes, being able to know the direction your eyes are looking. It will also come with physical hand controllers for virtual interactions.

According to German, one thing that will stand out as a major highlight of the Reality Pro will be the ability to switch from VR to AR and back using the Digital Crown. When switching from VR to AR, the fully appeared virtual environment will fade and be surrounded by the user’s real environment.

Apple Reality Pro will bring a whole new FaceTime experience Apple Reality Pro

Next in terms of features is FaceTime. Apple Reality Pro will be able to visualize both a person’s face and body in a virtual environment. In this case, two people can have real FaceTime conversations in the virtual world. This will feel just like the person standing next to you in the real world.

Sources also claim that Apple is preparing an in-store environment where users can try out Reality Pro at Apple retail stores. Even with the high price, Gurman says Apple is taking a long-term approach to Reality Pro. And that Apple is not looking to profit from the first generation products.

Mark Gurman of Bloomberg Reveals More Details of the Apple Reality Headset

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