The MacRumors Show: Product Designer Marcus Kane Envisions What Apple's AR/VR Headset Could Look Like

On this week's episode of The MacRumors Show, we discuss the design of Apple's upcoming mixed-reality headset with professional product designer Marcus Kane.

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Marcus is an industrial designer and UX consultant who uses virtual and augmented reality headsets on a daily basis to support his workflow. He recently created detailed concept renders of what he expects Apple's mixed-reality headset will look like with YouTuber David Lewis based on rumors, Apple patent filings, and his own expertise.

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We talk through Marcus's approach to the design and what existing Apple products inspired him, looking at some of the key aspects that Apple will have had to consider with the device. We also discuss the broader user experience with the headset, including its rumored waist-mounted battery pack – which Marcus has envisioned as enclosed in a pouch on a shoulder-strap that also contains a cable to power the device, potential restriction to indoors use only, and real-world passthrough with a "reality dial."

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Since Marcus uses existing headset products to support his design work, we learn about some of practical use-cases for this category of device, where Apple could compete, and what key software features the company could deliver. See more of Marcus's work over in David Lewis's latest video, and follow him on Instagram and Twitter.

We also discuss some of this week's latest Apple news, including the rumor that watchOS 10 will include significant UI changes, iOS 17's purported Control Center redesign, display changes for 2025's iPhone lineup, and more.

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If you haven't already listened to the previous episode of The MacRumors Show, catch up for our discussion about WWDC 2023 and whether Apple's headset will finally emerge at the event.

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Top Rated Comments

torartc Avatar
15 months ago
Finally a render that's not the same garbage one that always gets posted.
Score: 23 Votes (Like | Disagree)
vegetassj4 Avatar
15 months ago
That's not accurate.
Apple mistakenly posted then took down the Tim Cook AR (Cupertino Copper) promo headshot:



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Score: 18 Votes (Like | Disagree)
BvizioN Avatar
15 months ago
Unless it comes with a bra leather case I won't pay a penny :)
Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Unity451 Avatar
15 months ago
Ah.. So it's ski goggles with a purse.. Got it.. Pass.
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)
SamRyouji Avatar
15 months ago
Well, the render looks like a sleeping mask to my eye. Like this one:



Maybe I could use this VR to show me sheep to count to while making myself fall asleep. :P

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Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
bmunge Avatar
15 months ago
Decent concept. I want to be excited about this device as Apple rarely misses but the external battery pack tethered to the device is... not great.
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)