Big Apple AR leak says it will launch next year with M1 Mac-level power

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A new report from famed Apple insider Ming-Chi Kuo claims that Apple’s AR / VR headset will be released in late 2022 and has the computing power of Apple’s MacBook Air with M1 and 13-inch MacBook Pro with M1.

In a good start to Black Friday weekend, a note seen by iMere from Kuo pronounces:

Apple will launch AR headsets in 2022, which will use processors with the same level of computing power as Macs.

The report says it will have the same level of computing power as a Mac and can operate independently without a Mac or iPhone as a base. It also says it will support a wide range of apps. In a sweeping prediction of Apple’s own response to the meta-verse, Kuo says the AR headset will replace the iPhone in 10 years.

Specifically, Kuo says the headset will come in Q4 out of 22 and will have two processors, an advanced (equivalent to M1) and a low-end. The report says that the headset will come with two 4K micro-LED screens from Sony, hence the need for an M1. In fact, Kuo says that Apple’s AR headset will be significantly more powerful than the iPhone.

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When it comes to market position, Kuo claims that Apple will limit the growth of the product if it is only positioned as a Mac or iPhone accessory, and that an independent headset would be more conducive to growth and have its own ecosystem. Kuo also notes that Apple’s goal is to replace the iPhone with AR in 10 years.

If Kuo is on the right track (and he usually is) with this prediction, it means we have barely 12 months to wait to get our fingers in Apple’s first headset ever. Kuo is one of the oldest and most trusted Apple insiders in the game.

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