Friday, February 5th 2021

Apple's Rumored Mixed-Reality Headset To Include Dual 8K Displays & Cost 3,000 USD

Apple has been rumored to be working on a mixed-reality device for some time now, expected to launch in 2022 and target the premium market. We have recently received information from a source with direct knowledge of the device who claims the new headset will feature dual 8K displays, eye tracking, inside out tracking, and swappable headbands. The report details a late-stage prototype device with a sleek curved visor design attached to the head with interchangeable headbands that offer features like spatial audio and extra battery.

The device would not include any traditional controllers instead relying on inputs such as eye movement, and hand gestures, or a physical finger ring device. The headset would include limited augmented reality features such as pass-through video from the over dozen cameras mounted on the device. The report also corroborates previous reports with an estimated price of 3,000 USD launching in 2022 and targeting first-year sales of 250,000 units before releasing a more advanced AR device in 2023.
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38 Comments on Apple's Rumored Mixed-Reality Headset To Include Dual 8K Displays & Cost 3,000 USD

#2
Caring1
I used to have a few masks that looked like that, but mine came with snorkels.
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#3
DeathtoGnomes
That price is not set in stone, I estimate, by launch day, it will be closer to $1k
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#4
Bwaze
"The report also corroborates previous reports with an estimated price of 3,000 USD launching in 2022 and targeting first-year sales of 250,000 units"

That seems a bit optimistic. I know it's Apple, but what would quarter of a million of buyers actually do with this "half VR" gizmo?
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#5
watzupken
DeathtoGnomes
That price is not set in stone, I estimate, by launch day, it will be closer to $1k
I think you are too optimistic. If you look at the price Apple charges for their displays, just the monitor stand itself costs 1K, and the display is another 5K. So it is highly unlikely they will charge you 1K for this headset.
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#6
ZeppMan217
Valve charged $1k for their headset and it sold like cupcakes. Apple could charge their cultists $5k and it'd sell.
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#7
kayjay010101
ZeppMan217
Valve charged $1k for their headset and it sold like cupcakes. Apple could charge their cultists $5k and it'd sell.
The Index was actually good though.
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#8
deu
lexluthermiester
Too bad it's Apple...
Remember: when apple push; the push allows others to follow. So this is good when it comes to hardware production and dominant design (to some degree)
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#9
_JP_
I think the only truth in the rumor is the price. :p
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#10
ratirt
Apples are for eating only and I would not pay that much for those :P
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#11
sepheronx
DeathtoGnomes
That price is not set in stone, I estimate, by launch day, it will be closer to $1k
we are talking about Apple here.
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#12
Prima.Vera
Unless those VR gizmos are sold under 399$, the VR will never take off as they would expect.
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#13
neatfeatguy
What is the purpose of this product, the focus of it, the end goal?
For streaming videos?
For digital meetings?
For gaming?
For linking up with Musk's Neuralink to help create the first Matrix - Matrix 1.0?
For designing a Ready Player One reality?
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#14
xkm1948
I wonder what kind of GPU apple is making to power those resolutions at high enough refresh rates
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#15
DeathtoGnomes
sepheronx
we are talking about Apple here.
true, so maybe less than 2k?
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#16
sepheronx
DeathtoGnomes
true, so maybe less than 2k?
No way. $1K alone just for the bitten apple logo.

At least $2K minimum. If they sell their phones for $1K, I guarantee a 8K dual display headset will cost as much. Add in any motion control stuff and it will get more expensive.
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#17
goodeedidid
lexluthermiester
Too bad it's Apple...
No it's not too bad.. you live under a rock or something?
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#18
lexluthermiester
goodeedidid
No it's not too bad.. you live under a rock or something?
It seems so. Of course, it's better than having my nose up Apples crack...
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#19
RandAlThor
You guys are expecting $1k or $2k price ? Have you forgotten that they charge $1k for a monitor stand lol.
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#20
goodeedidid
lexluthermiester
It seems so. Of course, it's better than having my nose up Apples crack...
OMG you must be so enlightened..
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#22
Ahhzz
Guys.... personal attacks will stop.
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#23
Totally
Prima.Vera
Unless those VR gizmos are sold under 399$, the VR will never take off as they would expect.
You'd think but you underestimate how much Apple sheep are willing to pay for "clout." If it has an Apple logo and it is expensive they need to have it regardless of what it does.
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#24
Aquinus
Resident Wat-man
Totally
You'd think but you underestimate how much Apple sheep are willing to pay for "clout." If it has an Apple logo and it is expensive they need to have it regardless of what it does.
Have you priced out a laptop to use for work with 64GB of ram and a half decent GPU? Your options are basically a 16" MacBook Pro or a Dell Precision Mobile Workstation and the Precision is more expensive than the MBP for a similar loadout, not to mention is bigger, heavier, and has worse battery life (forget my opinions about using nVidia.) Not to mention you have to pay a lot more for Dell's service than for AppleCare. I'd love to hear your explanation for how I'm a sheep though, if you're going to make wide reaching claims like that. ;)

The thing I like about Apple is that out of all the devices I've used, they're the ones that typically "just work" the best and when I use a device for my job, I can't be fiddling with it because a kernel update did something dumb or because bleeding edge mesa broke my system. It needs to just work. This isn't something everyone needs, particularly if your main consideration is gaming, but I wouldn't call people sheep just because you don't have the same needs or budget as others.

With that said:
Ahhzz
Guys.... personal attacks will stop.
I'd like to make an amendment to this. Forum Guidelines clearly state:
Be polite and Constructive, if you have nothing nice to say then don't say anything at all.
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#25
DuxCro
It's Apple, so ofc it's expensive. On Apple products the thing that you pay the most is the brand. Which hipsters and posers think gives them some social status.
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