chip would have been an appropriate choice. The more powerful M1 Pro and M1 Max processors are designed for professional workstations like the MacBook Pro 16-inch (2021) rather than consumer-focused devices like the headset, and the M2 would have been too new to properly incorporate it into the headset’s design. However, given that 2023 is set to be the headset’s due date, Apple now has plenty of time to configure its design around its more powerful M2 hardware. If it does so it’ll also avoid any embarrassment of launching a premium device with outdated hardware. The M2 and M1 both feature an 8-core CPU, with four performance cores and four efficiency cores. However, the M2 has two more GPU cores for a total of 10, as well as a neural engine capable of 5.8 trillion operations per second, more than 40% more operations than on the M1 according to Apple.
The headset from Apple appears to be a MacBook for your face. It appears the Apple headset is getting a power bump in advance of its predicted 2023 arrival courtesy to Apple’s excellent M2 chip. If accurate, it might make our favourite MacBook, the MacBook Air, more powerful (M1, 2020). The most recent internal iterations of the [Apple headset] reportedly run the base M2 chip and 16 gigabytes of RAM, according to Mark Gurman’s monthly Power On newsletter(opens in new tab). According to earlier speculations, Apple’s headgear would actually be powered by two distinct chips: a CPU similar to the M1 for use in intensive workloads and a weaker chip for use in low-power applications.
Translating what the numbers mean into practical terms, thanks to its upgraded GPU the headset should be able to put its dual-8K micro OLED displays to good use. Apple’s headset with an M2 would be able to create more visually impressive and (importantly) more realistic AR and VR experiences. This souped-up hardware will likely come at a high cost. With specs comparable to some of Apple’s best iPads and best MacBooks, we expect the headset will set us back at least $1,000 / £1,000 / $1,500 if not more, but we’ll have to wait and see what the Californian tech giant decides.
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Apple has yet to confirm the existence of its headset publically yet, though Apple CEO Tim Cook has teased that the company is working on some kind of AR hardware. With a 2023 launch seeming more and more likely we’ll hopefully hear something more concrete about Apple’s AR/VR efforts later this year – or more likely at its spring 2023 conference which will probably take place in March.