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Apple’s mixed-reality headset will be equipped with an M2 chip

Tech giant Apple had to make tough choices about the final design of its augmented (AR) and virtual reality (VR) headsets as it reportedly chose a standalone AR/VR headset over a more powerful tethered design.

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Aizaz was the first person to get a byline on his blog on technology from his home in Bannu in 2017. Then, he went on to a career in breaking things professionally at my electric sparks which is where he eventually took over the kit as a hardware editor. Today, as the senior editor of hardware for my electric sparks, he spends time reporting about the most recent developments in the hardware industry and technology. If he's not reporting on hardware or electronics, you'll see him trying to be as remote from the world of technology as possible through camping in the wild.

Apple’s mixed reality headset has been shrouded in rumors for months, and a new report from Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman indicates that it could come with Apple’s flagship M2 processor. According to Gurman, Apple’s most recent version of the device, reportedly capable of delivering augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) experiences, includes a base M2 chip and 16GB of RAM.

This deviates from supply chain analyst Ming-Chi Kuo’s previous prediction that Apple’s headset will have one processor with the capabilities of an M1 chip and an additional lower-end processor dedicated to handling data from the device’s sensors. While Gurman doesn’t mention the purported secondary chip in this report, a multiple-chip setup has also been rumored in an earlier account from The Information.

If Apple was originally planning to use the M1 as the headset’s primary processor, it only makes sense for the company to swap it out for the most recent iteration of its in-house chip. Apple announced the new M2 chip at its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) earlier this month, saying it offers an 18 percent faster CPU and 35 percent faster GPU compared to the older M1 chip.

Rumors of the device’s standalone form factor have also started to trickle out. Gurman’s prediction that it will include 16GB of RAM could indicate a potentially more robust performance than the all-in-one Meta Quest 2. Meta’s VR headset comes with 6GB of RAM and the Snapdragon XR2 Platform, so it’ll be interesting to see how Apple’s headset compares when it finally gets released.

There have been signs that Apple’s headset is getting closer to its rumored January 2023 launch window. Apple’s board of directors reportedly got the chance to try out the headset in May. The reality the headset’s operating system will reportedly use has also appeared in Apple’s code and a trademark application likely filed by the company.

Last week, Apple CEO Tim Cook confirmed the headset’s existence when he told interviewers at China Daily to “stay tuned, and you will see what we have to offer” in the mixed reality space.

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