Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) Long-awaited AR / VR headphones will need to be wirelessly connected to a iPhone or another Apple device such as a Macbook for heavy processor tasks, according to an information report (via The Verge).
What happened: Apple is working on a custom chip (SoC) for headphones that isn’t as powerful as the tech giant’s other processors because it won’t have a neural engine for artificial intelligence and machine learning capability, according to the report.
This indicates that the headphones are designed to communicate wirelessly with another Apple device that will handle most of the powerful computing.
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The new chip is designed to optimize wireless data transmission, video compression and decompression, and energy efficiency, according to the report. However, it will not be ready for mass production for at least a year.
AR / VR headphones will have their own CPU and GPU, suggesting that they could operate in a basic standalone mode with limited functionality.
Why does it matter?: Apple has been working quietly for years to drive virtual reality and augmented reality space.
It was reported in March that Apple’s AR / VR headphones could be launched in 2022, followed by augmented reality glasses in 2025, according to the analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.
AR / VR headsets are expected to compete against Facebook Inc. (NASDAQ: FB) Oculus i Sony Group Corp. (NYSE: SONY) PlayStation VR, among others.
Price action: Apple shares closed nearly 0.8% higher in Thursday’s regular trading session at $ 153.65, but fell less than 0.1% in the after-hours session to 153, $ 59.
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