The project, codenamed T288, is still in its early stages but is slated for release in 2020. Apple still could change or scrap its plans.
It's said that Apple's headset will connect to a dedicated box using 60GHz WiGig.
The box would use a wireless technology called 60GHz WiGig, the person familiar with Apple's plans said. A second-generation version, called 802.11ay, would boost speeds and range and make the technology more attractive for high-end VR headsets that aren't tethered to computers. A final version of WiGig 2.0 likely won't arrive until 2019.
The box, which currently resembles a PC tower, will use a custom Apple processor that is more powerful than anything available right now. It's said the processor will be manufactured with a 5nm process, packing more transistors into a tiny space.
The chips used in future Macs would be similar to what Apple would use in its T288 AR/VR project, said the person familiar with the company's plans.
Unlike the HTC Vive, no special cameras will have to be installed to detect a person's location. Everything will be built into the headset and box.
The 8K displays will make VR and AR images look more realistic. The high quality video, alongside a more powerful chip, will help Apple create experiences that don't cause nausea if things get shaky or move around a lot.
Previous rumors have claimed that the headset will run on a new operating system dubbed 'rOS'. Apple is purportedly investigating touch panels, voice-activation via Siri and head gestures while engineers are prototyping a range of applications, from mapping and texting to virtual meeting rooms and 360-degree video playback.
Apple is said to have met with potential component suppliers for its glasses at CES 2018.
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