The headset, codenamed T288, has plans to include 8K display in each eye - higher resolutions than the best TVs and VR headsets now out on the market.
The headset, which would straddle the two technologies and tap into Apple's own chips, is slated for 2020. This box would look similar to a PC tower, but won't be an actual Mac computer, and will connect to the headset via high-speed, short-range wireless technology - a clear indication of the desire for the headset to be wireless.
In the box is Apple's own 5-nanometer chip, said to be more powerful than anything now in the market, that powers the entire setup. CNET notes that when it comes to chips, the smaller the number, the faster it is.
Apple's headset also wouldn't need to be tethered to a computer or smartphone, addressing a key problem with setting up current headsets such as Oculus and HTC's Vive, which need to be wired to other devices that power the experience. Avoiding cables like Apple supposedly plans to do here, however, will require additional bandwidth, which Apple will compensate by using 60-gHz WiGig, or WiGig 2.0.
The Cupertino, California, company has experimented in compact VR projects but the headset aims at considerable investment in VR, a tech that moves you into a non-identical digitally generated world when you wear heavy goggles.
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