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Apple's rumored VR headset sounds so much better than anything else

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Delores Daniels | 28 April, 2018, 22:39

Apple is reportedly working on a standalone Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) headset that will combine both technologies.

Rumors have been swirling for almost five years that Apple is working on some kind of augmented reality or virtual reality wearable device. If this is the case, Apple could potentially announce the product ahead of time towards the end of next year, with a launch following several months later.

The project codenamed T288 is still in the early stages of development but the report says that Apple plans for an 8K display for each eye, meaning the headset will have higher resolution than the best LED TVs out there.

Coming back to the headset being developed by Apple, it has been reported that it will come with a dedicated box which will be connected to it.

The advancements that take into account 8K pictures for every eye would likely must be microLEDs and, at that resolution, they'd be restrictively costly right now and almost mind-bogglingly control hungry. For comparison, the new HTC Vive Pro offers a 1,440 x 1,600-pixel display per eye. The report also mentions that internally, the project is being referred as "T288". Apple may announce it before the expected date or at a later one, things are not decided yet. Which is finally making headlines in reality.

CEO Tim Cook addresses at Apple's Chicago Event. The future machines and robotic science have already begun using the AR based machines.

Just yesterday we highlighted a new patent from Apple for eye-tracking in a VR/AR headset - the latest in a long string of breadcrumbs from the company indicating spatial computing continues to be an area of extreme interest.

But that's still a lot of bandwidth for a wireless connection. The small box would be short-range and high-speed.

In addition to the headset itself, Apple will also ship a processing box, of sorts.

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