Apple’s Mixed Reality Headset to Have M2 Chip
Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman is reporting that Apple’s upcoming mixed reality headset, still shrouded in secrecy, could be powered by Apple’s flagship M2 processor.
Gurman says that the most recent version of the headset features a base M2 chip and 16GB of RAM. The headset can reportedly deliver both augmented reality and virtual reality experiences.
This info contradicts that previously provided by the supply chain analyst Ming-Chi Kuo who predicted that the Apple headset would have a processor with the capabilities of an M1 chip along with an extra lower-end processor that handles data from the device’s sensors. The Gurman report doesn’t mention the dedicated lower-end chip. However, another report from The Information mentioned a multiple chip setup in the headset.
It is possible that Apple originally planned to use the M1 as the primary processor in the headset and later swapped it out for the latest version of its in-house chip.
The M2 chip was announced at the Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) earlier this month and Apple says its CPU is 18% faster than that of the older M1 chip. It also has a GPU that is 35% faster than that of the M1 chip.
There are also rumors that the headset has a standalone form factor. Gurman predicts that the headset will have a whopping 16GB of RAM which is sure to give the device a much more powerful performance than the standalone Meta Quest 2 headset. The Quest 2 headset features 6GB of RAM and is powered by the Snapdragon XR2 platform.
Hints continue to emerge suggesting that the headset will indeed be released within the predicted January 2023 launch window. The headset was shown to Apple’s board of directors who got the opportunity to try out the device last month.
Some industry watchers have also spotted mentions of the RealityOS operating system, presumably the OS that the headset will use, in Apple’s code as well as in a trademark application by a shell company supposedly linked to Apple.
In an interview last week, Apple boss Tim Cook also confirmed the headset’s existence and told interviewers to stay tuned and see what the company has to offer in the XR space.