Apple and Meta race to enhance next-gen XR headsets


Although Apple and Meta have but to launch their first client digital actuality headsets, the tech giants are already engaged on the next iterations.

According to an Oct. 8 Bloomberg report, Apple’s first headset, the Vision Pro, will seemingly launch in early 2023. The Vision Pro options high-resolution cameras that allow blended actuality, a strong Apple-designed M2 chip, and crisp micro-OLED shows.

However, the present Vision Pro prototype is massive and heavy, and testers have reported neck pressure from sporting the gadget for extended intervals.

For the following model, Apple engineers need to scale back the headset’s weight and measurement to enhance consolation. One choice into account is an over-the-head strap to higher distribute the load. However, designing lighter {hardware} parts could also be the most effective long-term resolution. Apple additionally goals to simplify prescription lens integration for glasses wearers.

Meta prepping Quest 3 launch

Meanwhile, Meta is getting ready to launch its Quest 3 headset subsequent week at a beginning value of $500. The Quest 3 affords upgrades like quicker efficiency and a refined design in comparison with the prior mannequin — however at $200 greater than the Quest 2, Meta desires to decrease prices on future variations to broaden mainstream enchantment.

One technique is to launch a brand new entry-level headset with out controllers, permitting hand gestures to regulate the interface. This would decrease the manufacturing price, with some rumors suggesting a value beneath $200 — albeit on the expense of performance. Meta additionally plans a high-end substitute for the failed $1,500 Quest Pro.

Though confidence is excessive at Apple, Meta sees the Vision Pro as a possible game-changer in making digital actuality mainstream. One Meta worker in contrast the anticipation to how the cell business awaited the unique iPhone reveal:

“We’re in the ‘afraid of Apple’ stage.”

Both corporations proceed to have long-term ambitions in augmented actuality gadgets. Apple paused its AR glasses challenge final 12 months attributable to immature know-how — however it could restart growth to meet CEO Tim Cook’s imaginative and prescient of modern and discrete AR spectacles. Meta stays dedicated to eventual AR spectacles and is already testing show parts.

Radek Zielinski

Radek Zielinski is an skilled know-how and monetary journalist with a ardour for cybersecurity and futurology.


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