Apple’ Mixed Reality Headset Could Feature a Magnetic Cable for External Power Supply
Bloomberg reported early in the year that the upcoming Apple mixed reality headset would include an external power supply. The report by Mark Gurman also stated that Apple had decided to offload the battery from the headset for a number of reasons. One was concerns about overheating. Apple was also intent on making the mixed-reality headset lighter and more comfortable to wear.
In the run-up to Apple’s Worldwide Developer’s Conference where it is now virtually certain the headset will be unveiled, Gurman is sharing additional information about the headset’s external battery. In his latest post, Gurman reveals that the headset will feature two ports; one of these will be a separate USB-C interface for data transfers. The other is a “new proprietary charging connector.”
From Gurman’s report, the charging connector sounds like the MagSafe power port that Apple recently reintroduced.
The included power cable is said to have a round tip that attaches to the Apple headset magnetically. Once the cable has been inserted, it is rotated to lock it into place.
The power supply of the Apple headset is said to be the size of an iPhone and looks like Apple’s MagSafe Battery Pack.
The battery pack can offer up to two hours of power on a single charge. The pack is recharged via a USB-C cable that is connected to a MacBook Pro power adapter. Gurman speculated that Apple could allow customers to purchase additional packs as a single pack provides very little uptime.
The latest Gurman report emphasizes that the Apple headset will be a first-generation product when it launches before the end of the year. With recent reports suggesting that the headset is already going into mass production, it could arrive much sooner than previously expected. The headset is likely to begin shipping a few weeks after Apple’s WWDC event in early June.
However, with a price tag of $3,000 and a rather cumbersome battery system, the headset is unlikely to get mainstream users rushing to grab a piece as often happens with Apple’s latest gadgets.