What Ming-Chi Kuo said about Apple’s 2022 augmented reality headset

From MacRumors’ “Kuo: Apple AR Headset Coming in Late 2022 With Mac-Level Computing Power” posted Friday:

We predict that Apple’s AR headset to be launched in 4Q22 will be equipped with two processors. The higher-end processor will have similar computing power as the M1 for Mac, whereas the lower-end processor will be in charge of sensor-related computing.

The power management unit (PMU) design of the high-end processor is similar to that of M1 because it has the same level of computing power as M1.

My take: I’ll believe this when I see it. The only immediate use-cases I can see for Apple goggles are industrial (not the company’s first market), gaming (ditto) and in a bike helmet (which I imagine as Apple’s added value in the burgeoning e-bike market).

See also: How reliable is Ming-Chi Kuo?

5 Comments

  1. Tommo_UK said:
    Right… I suppose they’re going to connect to Globalstar satellite communications and work independently of your iPhone thanks to an eSIM?

    >eyes roll back<

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    November 26, 2021
  2. Alan Trerise said:
    I suspect the gating item is TSMC 3nm. Rumors are its pushed back to Q1 2023. If the headset is available Q4 2022 then it will either be limited quantity or suboptimal performance.

    Working with Apple mixed reality on iPad Pro 2020 (A12Z – 7 nm), the device becomes almost too hot to hold after 10 minutes of use. The iPad has 5.5M Pixels. If the headset has the rumored dual 8K displays that is 33M Pixels x 2. The headset would be processing over 10x the pixels.

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    November 26, 2021
    • Alan Trerise said:
      Kuo is predicting 4K displays rather than the Information’s 8K display prediction. If that is the case, display pixels are then (8.2M pixels x 2) or 3 times the resolution of the 2020 iPad Pro.

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      November 27, 2021
  3. Gregg Thurman said:
    I didn’t Kuo’s predictions. I went straight to the comments and got a much better idea of how far away this is

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    November 26, 2021
  4. Kirk DeBernardi said:
    Apple has excelled at releasing products that have fantastic use-cases across so many lives.

    Given the outsized hoopla surrounding the notion of glasses, I contend it will be their first product scratching hard and wandering to find a solid use case comparable to their past successes.

    Color me skeptical and I hope I’m way off-base, but the Achilles Heel here is that it’s on your face to be in your face.

    (BTW — I’ll be happy to eat crow if I’m wrong.)

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    November 27, 2021

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