New rumors for Apple’s digital actuality headset, the reportedly named Actuality Professional, recommend the corporate is taking an uncommon method by giving it an exterior battery pack.
This spherical of data comes from a recent Bloomberg newsletter (opens in new tab) by notable trade analyst Mark Gurman who claims Apple made the selection in an effort to “cut back weight and enhance consolation.” The battery pack is claimed to be sufficiently small to suit inside your pocket and can hook up with the VR headset by way of cable. This design selection flies within the face of most headsets which usually have an inner battery just like the Oculus Quest 2.
Gurman goes on to say the pack appears just like the iPhone MagSafe battery. Nonetheless, it’s greater at “concerning the dimension of an iPhone however thicker.” It is revealed that the Actuality Professional could have two ports: a USB-C connector for dealing with knowledge whereas the opposite is a proprietary charger enter. Gurman states the charging cable jutting from the pack will hook up with the port magnetically the place future customers will then must “rotate it clockwise to lock it in” place.
Now right here’s the kicker: the charging cable is built-in into the battery and apparently that battery solely lasts about two hours. You received’t have the ability to hot-swap in a third-party energy financial institution with an extended lifespan, making what ought to be a easy course of fairly cumbersome. What’s unusual is the pack may be charged by way of USB-C and may hook up with a MacBook Professional energy adapter, in accordance with the publication. Given the quick battery life, future customers will most likely be pressured to buy further battery packs, one thing that Gurman imagines would be the case. He additionally factors out that the quick battery life is almost certainly a consequence of the Actuality Professional sporting an M2 chip plus two 4K shows.
The publication doesn’t present what the battery pack appears like; nonetheless, Twitter consumer Marcus Kane took Gurman’s description to create a render of what the device may look like (opens in new tab). He did take some artistic liberties as his render appears thinner and taller than the MagSafe battery. Kane speculates that “two battery packs will likely be sufficient for indefinite use [as] you possibly can cost one as you employ the opposite.”
Humorous sufficient, Kane’s feedback communicate to the opposite main downside with Apple’s rumored headset: the worth tag. Rumors recommend the Actuality Professional is predicted to price round $3,000 USD (Ouch!). With prospects probably needing further battery packs, you’re a extremely costly gadget. Individuals already complain concerning the PSVR 2 being greater than a PS5 and that’s, like, a couple of sixth of what Apple’s headset is reported to price.
The corporate is about to carry WWDC 2023 from June 5 to 9. Hopefully, we’ll study extra concerning the VR headset then, however don’t maintain your breath. One other notable Apple analyst, Ming-Chi Kuo, claimed again in late March some manufacturing delays “have created ‘uncertainty’ across the gadget” even making an look on the massive occasion.