Apple’s first AR headphones will launch in the fourth quarter of 2022, according to a research note by analyst Ming-chi Kuo seen by MacRumors other 9to5Mac. Kuo predicted in March that the headphones would launch sometime next year and now provides more technical information on the device as well.
The headset will have two processors, according to Kuo, one with “the same level of computing power as M1” and a low-end chip to handle the input from the various sensors. For example, Kuo says the headset has “at least 6-8 optical modules to simultaneously provide seamless AR streaming video services.” The headphones are also said to have two Sony 4K OLED micro-displays.
Kuo cites the “Mac-level (PC-level) computing power” of the headphones, their ability to run untethered, and their wide range of applications as factors that will set them apart from their competitors. Various reports on the device have in disagreement as to whether it will be totally independent or rely on an iPhone or a separate processor box to stream content.
However, Kuo seems convinced that it will be a platform independent and writes: “If the AR headset is placed only as an accessory for Mac or iPhone, it will not support the growth of the product. An AR headset that works independently means it will have its own ecosystem and provide the most comprehensive and flexible user experience. “