Apple is working on a new headset with virtual and augmented reality capabilities, with plans for a 2020 release.
According to a source close to the California tech giant, the device will work as a standalone product and won't need to be connected to an iPhone or iPad.
Apple has long been rumoured to be working on its own VR headset, but the inclusion of AR suggests it sees greater traction in a device that blends real and virtual worlds.
CEO Tim Cook has long talked about the possibilities of AR, with last year’s iPhone range putting the tech front and centre.
Apps such as Snapchat and one from furniture brand IKEA have already seen the tech go mainstream.
This new Apple device will not be a rival to Samsung’s Gear VR.
Rather it will connect to a special in–room box, much like a PC, that will power the headset.
Each eye will have an 8K screen. Beyond that, little is known about the technical prowess of Apple’s forthcoming product.
VR has failed to become a mainstream success, despite the likes of HTC, Oculus and Sony all releasing well–received headsets.
Apple will be hoping that throwing AR into the mix will help it stand out from the crowd.
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