Kuo: Apple AR Headset Coming in Late 2022 With Mac-Level Computing Power

Apple's long-rumored augmented reality (AR) headset project is set to bear its first fruit late next year with the launch of the first device carrying a pair of processors to support its high-end capabilities, according to a new research report from noted analyst Ming-Chi Kuo seen by MacRumors.

apple mixed reality headset mockup feature purple
According to Kuo, the higher-end main processor is said to be similar to the M1 chip Apple introduced for its first set of Apple silicon Macs last year, while a lower-end processor will manage the sensor-related aspects of the device.

Kuo says the initial AR headset will be able to operate independently without needing to be tethered to a Mac or iPhone, and Apple is intending it to support a "comprehensive range of applications" with an eye toward replacing the ‌iPhone‌ within ten years.

We predict that Apple's AR headset to be launched in 4Q22 will be equipped with two processors. The higher-end processor will have similar computing power as the M1 for Mac, whereas the lower-end processor will be in charge of sensor-related computing.

The power management unit (PMU) design of the high-end processor is similar to that of M1 because it has the same level of computing power as M1.

In addition to AR, Kuo says the headset will also be able to support virtual reality (VR) experiences thanks to a pair of 4K Micro OLED displays from Sony, which require the computing horsepower of an M1-like chip.

Apple’s AR headset requires a separate processor as the computing power of the sensor is significantly higher than that of the iPhone. For example, the AR headset requires at least 6-8 optical modules to simultaneously provide continuous video see-through AR services to users. In comparison, an iPhone requires up to 3 optical modules running simultaneously and does not require continuous computing.

Last week, Kuo said that both the upcoming headset and the iPhone 14 coming next year will support Wi-Fi 6E technology, which offers the increased bandwidth and lower interference needed for AR and VR experiences.

Related Roundup: Apple Glasses

Top Rated Comments

boss.king Avatar
4 days ago at 08:40 pm
I genuinely wonder what they believe the killer feature or use is for this.
Score: 28 Votes (Like | Disagree)
hn333 Avatar
4 days ago at 08:47 pm
Adult entertainment will never be the same again. So I have heard.
Score: 22 Votes (Like | Disagree)
sence Avatar
4 days ago at 12:50 am
Anyone who has worn an Oculus knows this is the next thing, its like when Steve saw the GUI for the first time. Now I think you can see Oculus a bit as Xerox. They got a lot of stuff right, but navigation is terrible, UI is terrible, mainstream reach is terrible, weight of the set is terrible. This is where Apple comes in, refines the technology so it becomes usable, makes the main stream adopt it by Appstore. As for usage, who wouldn't like infinite extra screens setup while working, having blueprints show up as an overlay while working on the car, having notifications and phone integration. I can think of a zillion thing that this could be used for and problems it would solve.
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ouimetnick Avatar
4 days ago at 08:50 pm

Kuo says the initial AR headset will be able to operate independently without needing to be tethered to a Mac or iPhone, and Apple is intending it to support a "comprehensive range of applications" with an eye toward replacing the iPhone within ten years.
You'll have to pry that iPhone 24 Pro Max Plus out of my cold dead hands.
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
mejsric Avatar
4 days ago at 08:41 pm
and in mid of 2022, there will be production issue and move to 2023. yeah i predicted Kuo!
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
- rob - Avatar
4 days ago at 09:41 pm
If ever there was a reason to hold out on a new high end display, it is these.

I have read about people spending all day in virtual spaces working on virtual monitors. And it is good.

I could see moving over to being goggled in.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)

Related Stories

apple mixed reality headset mockup feature orange

Kuo: Mass Production on Apple's AR/VR Headset May Be Delayed Until End of 2022

Monday October 18, 2021 9:05 pm PDT by
Apple may not begin production on its upcoming AR/VR headset until the end of the fourth quarter of 2022, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said today in a note sent out to investors. That would likely result in the device launching late in 2022 or in early 2023. Before launching the headset, Apple wants to have "complete software, ecosystem, and services," which Kuo cites as the reason why Apple ...
apple mixed reality headset mockup feature purple

Report: Apple AR Headset With Rumored $2,000+ Price Tag to Enter Mass Production in Second Quarter of 2022

Wednesday September 22, 2021 6:17 am PDT by
Apple's augmented reality headset will enter mass production in the second quarter of next year, with a launch expected between the third and fourth quarter of 2022, according to a translated report from the Taiwanese version of DigiTimes. In June, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo offered a similar timeline for Apple's AR headset, reporting it will launch sometime between April and June of next...
apple mixed reality headset mockup feature purple

Kuo: Apple's First AR Headset to Launch in Second Quarter of 2022

Monday June 7, 2021 10:16 pm PDT by
Apple is aiming to debut its first augmented reality (AR) headset in the second quarter of 2022, according to a new research note from analyst Ming-Chi Kuo seen by MacRumors. Headset mockup based on a source with direct knowledge of the device (The Information) The research report focuses on prospects for key Apple supplier Genius Electronic Optical, and notes that the company will benefit...
apple view concept right corner

Kuo: Apple's 2022 AR/VR Headset to Support Faster Wi-Fi 6E

Monday November 1, 2021 3:23 am PDT by
Apple plans to release its first mixed reality headset with Wi-Fi 6E support in 2022, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said today in a note sent out to investors. Concept render by Antonio De Rosa based on recent reports Apple is rumored to be working on at least two AR projects that include an augmented reality headset set to be released in late 2022, followed by a sleeker pair of augmented...
apple mixed reality headset mockup feature orange

Apple's Upcoming AR/VR Headset to Require Connection to iPhone

Thursday September 2, 2021 10:08 am PDT by
The first AR/VR headset that Apple has in development will need to be wirelessly tethered to an iPhone or another Apple device to unlock full functionality, reports The Information. It will be similar to the WiFi-only version of the Apple Watch, which requires an iPhone connection to work. The headset is meant to wirelessly communicate with another Apple device, which will handle most of the ...
apple mixed reality headset mockup feature yellow

Apple AR Headset 'Approaching Liftoff' as Development Mirrors Period Before Apple Watch Launch

Tuesday November 16, 2021 8:20 am PST by
Apple's development of its rumored augmented reality (AR) headset is beginning to mirror the period before the launch of the Apple Watch, according to Morgan Stanley analysts. In a note to investors, seen by Investor's Business Daily, Morgan Stanley analysts explained that after years of building expertise and a number of setbacks, Apple's long-awaited AR headset is "approaching liftoff."...
apple mixed reality headset mockup feature

Kuo: Apple to Launch Mixed Reality Headset in Mid 2022 and Augmented Reality Glasses by 2025

Sunday March 7, 2021 8:27 am PST by
Apple plans to release its long-rumored mixed reality headset "in mid-2022," followed by augmented reality glasses by 2025, well-regarded analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said today in a research note with TF International Securities, obtained by MacRumors. "We predict that Apple's MR/AR product roadmap includes three phases: helmet type by 2022, glasses type by 2025, and contact lens type by...
Apple VR Feature

Bloomberg: Apple's First AR/VR Headset 'Pricey, Niche Precursor' to More Ambitious AR Glasses and Could Launch Next Year

Thursday January 21, 2021 3:27 am PST by
Apple's first virtual reality headset will be a "pricey, niche precursor" to a more ambitious augmented reality product, according to a new report from Bloomberg's Mark Gurman. As a mostly virtual reality device, it will display an all-encompassing 3-D digital environment for gaming, watching video and communicating. AR functionality, the ability to overlay images and information over a view...
apple mixed reality headset mockup feature

Kuo: Apple's Upcoming Mixed Reality Headset to Feature 15 Camera Modules

Monday March 8, 2021 9:25 pm PST by
Apple's upcoming mixed reality headset will feature a total of 15 optical camera modules, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said this evening in a research note obtained by MacRumors. Eight of the 15 camera modules will be used for see-through augmented reality experiences, six modules will be used for "innovative biometrics," and one camera module will be used for environmental detection. Largan...
apple mixed reality headset mockup feature purple

Kuo: Apple's Mixed Reality Headset to Feature Eye Tracking System, Iris Recognition a Possibility

Thursday March 18, 2021 8:06 pm PDT by
Apple's upcoming mixed reality headset will be equipped with an advanced eye tracking system, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said this evening in a note to investors that was seen by MacRumors. The eye tracking system will feature a transmitter and receiver that can detect and analyze eye movement information, providing users with images and information based on algorithms.Apple's eye tracking...