Apple to launch a standalone AR & VR headset with 8K displays, report

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Google has its own VR ecosystem with Google Cardboard and Google DreamView VR, but now there are reports that the world's most profitable tech company - Apple - might also take a plunge into the world of VR with its own AR/VR headsets.

Rumors have been swirling for almost five years that Apple is working on some kind of augmented reality or virtual reality wearable device.

Apple's efforts are aimed at developing a stand-alone headset with an 8K display for each eye. The report additionally gives particular subtle elements for the undertaking inside alluded to as T288. Such a feature already places it ahead of the competition, as the HTC Vive Pro, already sharper than most of the other VR headsets, only offers up to 1,440 x 1,600 pixels per eye.

A source familiar with Apple's plans told CNET that the brand was working on a device which would blend both AR and VR technology, commonly referred to as mixed reality.

Tibken writes that the project, codenamed T288, is still in its early stages and could be scrapped or changed by Apple. It's not a complete surprise-at least not the augmented reality part, which CEO Tim Cook has expressed excitement about several times in the past. If only Apple comes out with one in the days to come, that is. It is slated for a 2020 release, and the product - if finalised - could be Apple's long-awaited breakthrough into the AR market. According to reports, Apple plans for an 8K display for each eye.

Apple's new VR and AR Headset would operate without the wires.

Furthermore, Apple's headset will also come equipped with a number of cameras that will observe the user's surroundings while all of this will be powered by a new processor developed by Apple itself that will utilize the upcoming 5-nanometer technology - the A11 processor inside the iPhone X uses the 10-nanometer process.

Virtual reality isn't a natural fit for mobile the way that augmented reality is.

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