AR / VR helmet Apple: two 8K-screen, 5-nm processor, release in 2020
Rumors that Apple is developing a device for virtual and / or augmented reality have been going for several years. He was reinforced by Tim Cook, the head of the company, who called AR a promising technology. Last year, Apple introduced ARKit, augmented reality platform for iOS devices, making it easier for developers to create AR applications-and in every way promoting programs of this kind in the App Store. Now there was the first detailed leak about what the first full-fledged Apple device could be.
According to CNET, which refers to a source in Apple, the device, codenamed T288, will combine virtual and augmented reality technologies – that is, either completely immerse the user in a virtual world, or superimpose virtual objects on top of the real ones in his field of vision. Its entry into the market is tentatively scheduled for 2020.
The source told the publication that the image in the device will form two screens with a resolution of 8K each. For reference: under 8K usually understand displays with a resolution of 7680 at 4320 points, that is, for each eye in the allegedly developed Apple VR-helmet will have 33 megapixels.
To form such a detailed image (at least if it’s not about video broadcasting, but about rendering 3D scenes in real time), even the most advanced modern processors and graphics cards do not suffice.
According to CNET, Apple’s “helmet” will work in tandem with a wireless communication device, the heart of which will be the company’s self-developed and produced on a 5-nm process system-on-a-chip. For comparison, the most advanced processors for today (Apple A11 Fusion, Snapdragon 845, Kirin 970) have a “step” of transistor elements at 10 nm.
Although virtual reality devices have been on the market for several years already, they have not become massive yet – either because there is little interesting or high-quality content, whether because of high prices, or because the average consumer subconsciously scares the total immersion in an artificial reality , detached from the real world – is too reminiscent of a technological anti-utopia like the “Matrix”.
Perhaps, it is taking into account such concerns in Apple always stressed that they consider AR-solutions more prospective. They also invest millions of dollars (and some, like Magic Leap – billions), numerous start-ups. Magic Leap, which has been working on its glasses since 2012, collected almost $ 2 billion from investors (Google, Alibaba, KPCB, Andreeseen Horowitz, etc.), but showed how its gadget will look, only at the end of last year. Promised to enter the market in 2018, and the first software developers for the new platform have already received futuristic AR-glasses. At the same time, at the request of a startup obsessed with secrecy, they must store them in locked safes.
According to the head of Magic Leap Roni Abovits, the device is equipped with a separate graphics card, four built-in microphones, at least six external cameras, and built-in speakers, like HoloLens. The performance of the glasses will be comparable with the MacBook Pro or Alienware gaming computer.