Apple VR/AR headset rumored to have MacBook Pro power

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The M2 chip for the Apple VR/AR headset could compete with the MacBook Pro.

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Although the Apple VR/AR headset is expected to launch in the first half of 2023, there are still many unknowns. What kind of performance will the headset actually provide, for instance? It might have processing capability comparable to a MacBook Pro, according to Mark Gurman of Bloomberg.

This information was made public by Gurman in the most recent edition of his ‘Power On’ newsletter (opens in new tab). According to Gurman’s sources, the headset will be equipped with the new M2 processor, which is also used in products like the new 13-inch MacBook Pro 2022.

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Gurman previously stated that the Apple headset would include “Apple’s most advanced and powerful CPUs,” which would be more potent than the M1 chip, which was at the time still quite new. The M2 would most likely be appropriate, and like the M1, it appears to be about striking a balance between performance and energy economy.

That would be advantageous for the VR/AR headset because battery life will be a big issue. And it’s simple to see why Apple chose the M2 chip over the M1 Max and M1 Pro chips, which are both more potent.

Additionally, 16GB of RAM will be included in the headset, according to Gurman’s sources. The device appears to have plenty of performance based on the outstanding M2 chip benchmarks. For context, the M2 13-inch MacBook Pro is available with 8GB, 16GB, and 24GB of RAM.

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In other words, the power of this headset is easily comparable to that of your brand-new MacBook Pro. This is if the new realityOS software—Gurman used the moniker again in his newsletter—has what it takes to maximize the technology.

Additionally, according to Gurman, Apple is working diligently on the M3 processor, which may be ready as early as next year and be used to update the 13-inch MacBook Air. It’s unclear if that will actually occur, but it seems like the VR/AR headset might be left out.

According to current rumors, the Apple VR/AR headset will debut sometime in the first half of 2023. Ming-Chi Kuo seems to believe that it could arrive as early as January 2023, while other, more cautious speculations point to a Q1 2023 announcement and a Q2 2023 launch for the headgear.

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