Apple has been openly working on a potentially very interesting and expensive VR headset for some time now. It’s said to be standalone, and may be a bit like the very popular Oculus Quest 2, which we find out in March 2021 will be pretty lightweight.
Lightweight headsets are a key part of making VR viable in its current form. It doesn’t make much sense if you can’t wear it long enough to play games. So this new technology has us very excited about long-duration gaming powered by Apple’s powerful M1 chip and more. It also definitely feels like an attempt to get into augmented reality rather than or maybe virtual, at least we’re not wrong in that regard.
according to WCCFTech, despite the lightweight design, Apple isn’t actually trying to make headphones that will last a long time. Dreams of escaping to the metaworld with headphones under 150 grams were dashed because Apple actually aimed basically the opposite.
Apple is creating devices that it wants users to be able to use in small, purposeful bursts rather than a constant, careless drift.Apple CEO Tim Cook has previously said WCCFTech He worries about how the company’s creations can be used for endless scrolling rather than creativity and other endeavors. He’s probably not wrong in that regard, but we all need a little doom-rolling in 2022.
This means that prolonged use of Apple AR or VR headsets may be limited, or they may simply not be designed to do so. Given what we know about these earphones, there are reports that they will cost anywhere from $1,000 to $3,000. At this price, I’m not sure I want a headset that won’t let me finish a full game, even at the expense of my creativity.
But Apple does have a way to make such bizarre decisions, and sometimes it works. Hopefully we’ll learn more about the upcoming Apple headphones soon.