Kuo: Apple Headset Will Use Same 96W Power Adapter as 14-Inch MacBook Pro

Apple's rumored AR/VR headset will use the same 96W USB-C power adapter included with the higher-end 14-inch MacBook Pro, according to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

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In a research note today with TF International Securities, obtained by MacRumors, Kuo said that Apple's headset using a 96W power adapter proves that it will have Mac-level computing power, as he has predicted previously.

Kuo also reiterated that Apple's headset will be equipped with two processors, including one 5nm chip and one 4nm chip, each manufactured by TSMC. In November, Kuo said the higher-end processor would have similar computing power as the M1 chip for the Mac, whereas the lower-end processor would manage sensor-related aspects of the headset.

Apple's headset will offer an innovative experience with seamless switching between AR and VR modes, according to Kuo, who added that Apple's headset will be two to three years ahead of competing products in terms of computing power.

Kuo has previously claimed that Apple's headset will be launched in the fourth quarter of 2022, with shipments ramping up in the first quarter of 2023.

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Top Rated Comments

Analog Kid Avatar
31 months ago
100W, strapped to my head?
Score: 21 Votes (Like | Disagree)
wozmatic Avatar
31 months ago
go skiing while you VR
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Pupi Avatar
31 months ago
Apple failed to sell a $400 speaker even though it was high quality and worth the pricetag.

I just fail to see how they will convince the mass market to buy a $1-$2K device with niche use cases. I’m so curious to see what are the killer apps they will bring to drive mass adoption (probably fitness if I had to guess).

One thing is for sure, the AR part better mean it’s portable enough for people to bring it around to wherever they want to. Apple’s forte is and will always be portable devices.
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Pupi Avatar
31 months ago

Sure, it has the 96WUSB brick on the end…
But the actual headset will charge via lightning.
I’m 90% sure of that, would love to be proven wrong though
I don’t think Lightning can handle close to 96W. It could be MagSafe only though (the MacBook kind). Maybe that would explain why they brought MagSafe back to the Mac.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
dguisinger Avatar
31 months ago

Can’t be fitness; all the sweat on the headset is not appealing.
Maybe its how you drive the Apple Car without a steering wheel
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
44267547 Avatar
31 months ago

I could think of much better things to spend $3000 plus dollars on in the age of COVID and the great JOB resignation and the rise of robots and Job automation.
Where did you come up with a $3000 price tag? If I had to guess, you’re purposely inflating the price of this product that you don’t know, only to disparage against it.

I think we need to look beyond the potential of somebody like an average consumer just buying this, where it might have benefits in training in the medical industry, automotive, etc. We don’t know the potential this product, because nothings been demoed or particularly how Apple plans on executing its capabilities.


Yeah this is not gonna sell well.
Yeah, you genuinely have no idea what you’re talking about, because you don’t know the potential behind this product and its future.

You’re the same type of person that would say things like.. ‘The Apple Watch would never make it, or sell well’, and look how it expanded beyond just being a ‘notification device’, but a Health gauge to better ones lifestyle.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)