More light shed on Apple and Meta AR/VR headsets

More light shed on Apple and Meta AR/VR headsets
More details have emerged on Meta’s next virtual reality headset and Apple's future AR/VR headset.

Meta’s next virtual reality headset will arrive in October according to comments Zuckerberg made to Joe Rogan on his podcast, indicating the device will likely launch at the company’s Connect event.

Zuckerberg said; “For the next device that’s coming out in October, there’s a few big features, the ability to now have kind of eye contact in virtual reality. To have your face be tracked so that way your avatar, it’s not just this still thing, but if you smile or if you frown or if you pout, or whatever your expression is, have that translate in real time to your avatar.”

As Bloomberg reported last month, leaked code suggests the device could be called the Meta Quest Pro. 

Bloomberg has also found trademark filings from that Apple that suggest it has found a potential name for its mixed-reality headset. Applications were filed in the US, EU, UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia, Costa Rica and Uruguay for the names “Reality One,” “Reality Pro” and “Reality Processor.” The trademark filings were all made under a shell corporation called Immersive Health Solutions, which is itself owned by another shell corporation named The Corporation Trust. These filings follow closely on its trademark application for realityOS earlier this year, which was also filed under The Corporation Trust.

Rumoured to arrive early in 2023, Apple's XR headset will draw power from an M2-series chip serving as the main processor, and a co-processor will handle less demanding tasks.

Said to feature advanced eye tracking tech and over a dozen cameras, the headset will reportedly allow users to watch movies together, play games, and even attend FaceTime calls via their own animated virtual avatars, according to Mark Gurman (via MacRumors website).

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