Apple Using MacBook Pro Parts to Achieve Mac-Like Experience on New Headset

Apple appears to be bringing aspects of the redesigned MacBook Pro to its long-rumored mixed-reality headset to facilitate a Mac-level experience, according to recent reports.

14 16 inch 2021 mbps back to back feature orange
Last year, TF International Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said that Apple's mixed-reality headset will feature two independent chips, including one for Mac-level computing and one to manage the device's array of sensors. Now, Bloomberg's Mark Gurman has added that the headset will contain a chip that is at least equivalent to the M1 Pro, which has so far only been available in the redesigned MacBook Pro.

Gurman did not clarify whether the headset will literally contain a chip branded as the "‌M1 Pro‌," but it seems likely that this detail has not yet been decided upon. Apple occasionally differs from the expected naming of its chips, such as when it debuted the M1 chip, which is based on the A14 chip and was rumored to be called the "A14X."

The ‌M1 Pro‌ is so powerful that it is said to be causing thermal issues within the headset, contributing to wider development problems. Earlier designs attempted to mitigate thermal issues by using an external box-like device that would house the processor and transmit data wirelessly to the headset, but former Apple design chief Sir Jony Ive reportedly rejected the concept.

In another parallel to the MacBook Pro, Kuo said that the headset will use the same 96W power adapter as the 14-inch MacBook Pro. This apparently proves that it will have Mac-level computing power. 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.

The chip and power adapter of Apple's headset indicates that it is more of a Mac-level distinct device, rather than simply a mobile-style accessory to the iPhone. Despite enthusiasm over the project "approaching liftoff," Gurman believes that the launch of the headset has been delayed until 2023.

Popular Stories

maxresdefault

iPhone SE 4 With Face ID Said to Be Priced Below $500

Monday May 20, 2024 3:43 am PDT by
Apple is targeting a sub-$500 starting price for its upcoming fourth-generation iPhone SE model despite a raft of rumored upgrades coming to the more affordable device. According to leaker Revegnus on X, the U.S. launch price of the fourth-generation iPhone SE will either remain at the same $429 starting price as the current model, or will see an increase of around 10%. Either way, Apple's...
iOS 17

Apple Releases iOS 17.5.1 With Fix for Reappearing Photos Bug

Monday May 20, 2024 10:11 am PDT by
Apple today released iOS 17.5.1 and iPadOS 17.5.1, minor updates to the iOS 17 and iPadOS 17 operating system updates that came out last September. The 17.5.1 updates come a week after the launch of iOS 17.5 and iPadOS 17.5. iOS 17.5.1 and iPadOS 17.5.1 can be downloaded on eligible iPhones and iPads over-the-air by going to Settings > General > Software Update. According to Apple's...
iPhone 16 Pro Max Generic Feature 2

5 Biggest Changes Rumored for iPhone 16 Pro Max

Tuesday May 21, 2024 7:29 am PDT by
Given Apple's rumored plan to add an all-new high-end tier to its iPhone 17 series in 2025, this could be the year for Apple to bring its boldest "Pro Max" model to the table — the kind of iPhone 16 upgrade that stands tall above its siblings, both figuratively and literally. If you have been holding out for the iPhone 16 Pro Max, here are five of the biggest changes rumored to be coming...
microsoft surface pro qualcomm

Microsoft Says New Surface Pro is Faster Than 15" M3 MacBook Air

Monday May 20, 2024 3:19 pm PDT by
Microsoft is going all in on AI, today introducing a series of Copilot+ PCs that have AI-focused hardware. The new Surface Pro is one of the first Copilot+ PCs, equipped with Qualcomm's Arm-based Snapdragon X Elite processor. Microsoft is already pitting the Surface Pro against Apple's M3 MacBook Air, and in marketing materials, claims that the Surface Pro has superior processing power and...
iPhone 16 Camera Lozenge 2 Perspective

iPhone 16 Lineup Rumored to Come in These Two New Colors

Sunday May 19, 2024 11:08 am PDT by
Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo today outlined his expectations for the iPhone 16 lineup's color options, revealing that two new colors should replace two of the existing shades. Kuo outlined his expectations in a post on X (formerly Twitter) earlier today. He believes that the iPhone 16 Pro and iPhone 16 Pro Max will be available in black, white or silver, gray or "Natural Titanium," and rose....