The headset, say reports, would include its own built-in processors and power supply, with a main processor chip that is possibly more powerful than the company's Arm-based M1 SoC, which was designed specifically for the Mac. According to reports, the company is planning to price the device above that of existing competing products, which range from about $300 to $1,000, with the expectation of selling it initially as a low-volume niche device.
The headset, which is said to be codenamed "N301," is reported to be in the late prototype stage and intended to prepare developers and consumers for succeeding more mainstream products. Its launch is expected to precede that of the company's previously reported augmented reality (AR) project, the Apple Glass augmented reality glasses, which are reported to still be in a "pre-prototype" stage.
Unlike Apple Glass, the new headset - like standalone VR headsets from Oculus and Sony PlayStation VR - will be focused mainly on VR, although will include some AR features. It is reportedly designed to support prescription lenses and hand tracking while also having a more advanced display than existing devices and a "sleeker" design.
The company is said to be looking into creating an app store for the headset, with a focus on gaming, streaming video content, and video conferencing. If and when it launches, the headset would be the first new product type from the company since the Apple Watch, which was released in 2015.
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