Apple’s long-established mixed-reality headset could weigh less than 150 grams, which would make it much lighter than many other headsets on the market, according to a new research note from Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo set by 9to5Mac. The lighter weight can mean that Apple’s headsets can be easier to use for long periods.
A weight of 150 grams would make the Apple headset lighter than the Oculus Quest 2 (503 grams), Microsoft’s HoloLens 2 (645 grams) and Valve Index (809 grams). It would be lighter than Google’s Daydream View, a drug VR headset designed to hold your phone, which weighed 220 grams. The headset may even be lighter than the iPhone, considering that the standard iPhone 1
As attractive as this headset sounds, however, it may take a while for us to try it out for ourselves. Bloomberg reported in January that the device, which may have both virtual reality and augmented reality features, will not launch until at least 2022. The information supported it in February by reporting that the device could be shipped “as early as next year.” The information also had a drawing of what the headset might look like, including mesh fabric on the front and Apple Watch style straps on the back, and I could see how the device could be very light if made with these materials.
The headset, codenamed “N301”, can also have 8K screens, eye tracking technology and more than a dozen cameras to both track your hand gestures and capture footage that can be displayed inside the headset, according to The information. And in its new research note, Kuo reported that the device will have plastic lenses, an ultra-short focal length and Micro-OLED screens.
But the headset may not be cheap: Apple has apparently discussed pricing the headset at around $ 3,000. The information reported. That would make it much more expensive than the $ 299 Oculus Quest 2, but cheaper than the $ 3,500 HoloLens 2.
Apple’s unit has already faced several development challenges, Bloomberg reported, and given how far the rumored headset is, there is always a possibility that details about the device may change. However, Apple recently moved Dan Riccio, the former hardware manager, to a role that allegedly oversees Apple’s AR and VR devices, which may signal the company’s commitment to launch a device sooner rather than later.