Apple has reportedly completed production tests for its unannounced AR/VR headset. This further brings evidence to the table that the iPhone maker is reaching the finish line of its first headset.
DigiTimes’ latest report, seen by MacRumors, states that key suppliers have noted the production tests are not complete. The second-phase engineering validation tests (EVT 2) are complete in order to ensure that production meets Apple’s standards. Besides the aforementioned news, no further information arrives from the report.
It’s a bit of a waiting game as the industry and eager Apple users await official news on the headset. It isn’t a well-kept secret as information on specs, design aspects, and more surfaces more and more. It’s widely reported that Apple may launch the AR/VR headset at some point this year. However, Bloomberg says that the window could slip to 2023 due to development challenges.
This is a major new product for Apple to have under its belt. With that, the company is expected to pull no stops by offering premium specs. It’s rumoured that the headset will feature a lightweight design made for comfort. Apple's AR/VR headset may be made up of two 4K micro-LED displays and two main processors.
Additionally, rumours point out that the headset could spot Wi-Fi 6E connectivity, hand gestures, and eye-tracking. This would make it a very competitive alternative to the already established VR brands like Oculus, Vive, or PSVR.
Of course, while offering premium specs, Apple’s headset is expected to cost a pretty penny. The estimated cost in Canada may round out to roughly $4,000. This will likely result in it becoming a niche product for those within Apple’s ecosystem.