Apple’s Mixed Reality Headset Won’t Need iPhone, Includes “In-Air Typing”

The headset will heavily utilize hand and eye movements.

Story Highlights

  • Apple’s upcoming Mixed Reality Headset will need no companion devices, such as iPhones or iPads, to set up and function, according to a new report.
  • The headset will be able to utilize the user’s hand and eye movements to work, negating the need for a physical remote.
  • The VR/AR project has also implemented “in-air typing,” which will let users type without requiring a companion device’s keyboard.
  • A second-generation Reality Pro headset is already in development, and a cheaper alternative is also rumored for the next year or two.

Apple’s upcoming Mixed Reality Headset will supposedly require no companion devices, such as iPhones, to set up. In other words, the awaited headset can be used independently as a standalone device; the rumor stems from Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman in the latest edition of the “Power On” newsletter.

As per Mark, the latest iterations of the headset can be set up and utilized entirely by using the Mixed Reality Headset’s native operating system without needing assistance from a companion device. The first models that are slated to arrive will prove to be more of a standalone VR/AR experience than initially expected. 

The rumored Reality Pro headset can download user data and iCloud content straight from the cloud for itself. Regardless, the data transfer from an iPhone or iPad to the Mixed Reality Headset is still possible; the setup process will not deviate a lot from other Apple devices and will be easy from the words of it.

Apple’s enticing VR/AR Headset will work without a physical remote, as it will also use the user’s hands and eye movement to operate. Moreover, the headset will rely deeply on the newly implemented “in-air typing” feature, which is exactly how it sounds. However, the in-air typing proved to be a bit “finicky” at the time of early tests.

It may become necessary to use an iPhone keyboard after the launch to set up the Mixed Reality Headset smoothly. Nevertheless, Apple is supposedly internally expecting to quickly push post-release software updates to improve the innovative in-air typing feature.

Apple’s forthcoming Mixed Reality Headset has been heavily rumored to arrive this year, as per the prior rampant rumors. We can expect the rumored Reality Pro headset to start shipping towards the end of this year “at the earliest,” according to the new report. It is currently slated to be revealed at the upcoming WWDC event in June.

The headset is also planned to reach production figures of 750,000 at least, according to old reports. Pegatron will manufacture the new VR/AR Headset, and its mass production will begin in March 2023.

According to Mark, the follow-up models for the Mixed Reality Headset are also already in the works. The headset has been rumored to cost nearly around the $3000 mark, causing most of the excited consumers, mainly from the gaming community, to back off from the premium VR/AR Headset. 

Previous Bloomberg reports have iterated that cheaper models will launch in the next year or two after the Reality Pro headset is out in the wild. The cheaper alternative will likely be named the Reality One if the prior official trademarks filed by an Apple-linked company are to be believed.

Furthermore, a second generation of the Reality Pro Headset is already in the brewer, suggesting that Apple has long-term plans with the Mixed Reality Headset project.

Apple’s new VR/AR Headset blends the best of both techs to craft an innovative piece of headwear. It will be fueled by Apple’s potent M2 Chip, making it the most powerful headset on the market. 

The Mixed Reality Headset will also apparently include modern features like leg tracking, face tracking, and iris scanning for logins and payments. Considering all the aforesaid features, the second-gen Reality Pro models could prove to be even more powerful since the latest report also notes that it will use a stronger Apple chip. 

What are your thoughts regarding Apple’s upcoming VR/AR headset needing no companion device to function and the new in-air typing feature? Do let us know your opinions in the comments below.

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