Apple’s rumored mixed reality headset may have the company’s top-of-the-line M2 CPU, according to a recent report from Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman. According to Gurman, Apple’s most recent model of the gadget has a basic M2 CPU and 16GB of RAM, and is supposedly capable of delivering augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) experiences.
This differs from supply chain expert Ming-Chi Kuo’s earlier estimate that Apple’s headgear will include a single CPU with the capabilities of an M1 chip and a second, less powerful processor specifically designed to handle data from the device’s sensors. Even though Gurman omits mentioning the alleged secondary chip in this story, The Information has previously reported on a dual chip configuration.
It only seems logical that Apple would replace the M1 with the most recent version of its own chip since the M1 was originally intended to serve as the main processor for the headset. Apple claims the new M2 processor delivers an 18% faster CPU and a 35% faster GPU compared to the previous M1 chip during its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) earlier this month.
Gurman’s forecast that it will contain 16GB of RAM might signal a possibly more potent level of performance than the all-in-one Meta Quest 2. Rumors about the device’s standalone form factor have also begun to circulate. When Apple’s VR headset is ultimately released, it will be fascinating to see how it compares against Meta’s VR headset, which has 6GB of RAM and the Snapdragon XR2 Platform.
There have been hints that the predicted January 2023 debut date for Apple’s headgear is approaching. According to reports, the headgear was made available to Apple’s board of directors in May. The rumored operating system for the headgear, called RealityOS, has also been spotted in Apple’s code and in a trademark application that was probably submitted by the manufacturer.
When he told interviewers at China Daily to “keep tuned and you will see what we have to offer” in the mixed reality field last week, Apple CEO Tim Cook all but confirmed the headset’s existence.