San Francisco, May 21 (SocialNews.XYZ) Tech giant Apple had to make tough choices regarding the final design of its augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) headset, as it would have chosen a standalone AR/VR headset over a more tethered design. powerful.
At one point, Apple had yet to decide whether to move forward with a more powerful VR headset that would be paired with a base station or standalone, The Verge reported citing a media report.
While Apple’s AR/VR leader Mike Rockwell preferred the version with the base station, which included a processor that eventually shipped as the M1 Ultra, according to The Information, Apple executives chose opt for the stand-alone product.
This choice had long-lasting effects on the development of the helmet, according to the report.
“At the time the decision was made, the device’s multiple chips had already been in development for several years, making it impossible to go back to the drawing board to create, say, a single chip to handle all the tasks of the device. headphones,” The Information reported.
“Other challenges, such as integrating 14 cameras on the headset, caused headaches for hardware and algorithm engineers,” he added.
The report also includes details of Jony Ive’s continued consultation on the design of the project even after his official departure from Apple. I “prefer” a portable battery, maybe like what Magic Leap offers.
But other prototypes have had the battery in the headset headband, and it’s unclear which one will be used in the final design, The Information said.
Apple reportedly showed the headset to its board last week, so it could be close to a public reveal. That said, it might not be announced until later this year and it might not hit stores until 2023.