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New details emerge about Apple’s mixed reality headset

New details emerge about Apple’s mixed reality headset

New details emerge about Apple’s mixed reality headset

If you are in virtual reality, you were probably focused on the breaking news CES this week. There was no shortage of new augmented reality glasses and virtual reality headsets. But the biggest AR-VR news came from a company that very purposefully didn’t announce it at CES.

More leaks emerged this week about Apple’s upcoming mixed reality headset. A report from The Information outlined a a bunch of new details about the most eagerly awaited device in years. According to unnamed Apple people working on the project, there are a number of features coming to the goggle-shaped device. Some of these, like open rendering and streamed visuals, are also found in competing headsets like the Meta Quest Pro and Sony is close SP VR2. But Apple’s headphones aim to be lighter than the Quest Pro and more maneuverable than either competitor.

Internal sensors automatically adjust 8K visuals (4K per eyeball) to match users’ unique facial features. Some of the features also seem aimed at making the experience of wearing a headset feel less like being hermetically sealed in a digital silo by you. Cameras inside can translate your facial expressions to a screen on the outside of the device. An Apple Watch-like dial on the side lets you quickly switch between VR views and color views of the real world around you. Too much for him Meta’s WrathApple’s headphones may even be able to capture foot movements.

The leaks also exposed some limitations. Non-Apple Bluetooth types reportedly won’t sync well with the headset. There’s no headphone jack, so you’ll either need AirPods or one of the speakerphone bands Apple is apparently developing. And while there’s no word on a release date, the device’s production has reportedly been pushed back several times. Apple may be ready to introduce the device later this year.

Here’s some more consumer tech news.

Apple is reportedly canceling the iPhone SE

According to Ming-Chi Kuo, a analyst with TF International Securities, Apple can not to be done a new iPhone SE. Citing supply chain issues and lower sales of the mid-range phone compared to the iPhone Pro models, Kuo says Apple may choose to delay or simply not release a new iPhone SE this year.

SE is one pretty good phone, but it’s clear that Apple’s breathless marketing of its flagship devices has hampered the budget model. Either that or people just prefer bigger phones these days. Ever since Apple ditched the iPhone Mini last year, it seems to have moved on smallermore modest options.

Google Maps, where are you?

Hey, did you know you can use Google Maps while driving? OK, yes, this is a core feature of Google’s GPS app, but now the company is introducing something a little different for certain vehicles. Google is letting car companies implement it HD Maps software in their onboard navigation software. It’s not Google Maps per se, but it’s kind of the underlying system that underpins the car’s technology. So far, Volvo and Polestar have said they will use Google’s HD Map system.

We live at CES Now

It is impossible to continue typing this news feed without logging in CES. WIRED was in person at the giant consumer tech event for the first time since 2020, and our reporters were able to go with virtually all of it. strange AND strange technology on the screen.

This week’s Gadget Lab podcast comes straight from the heart of CES. Our field team gathered late at night in a Las Vegas hotel room to cut through the marketing clutter and highlight what stood out at CES this year.

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