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Apple's 2022 mixed reality headset to support Wi-Fi 6E: Report

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San Francisco, Nov 2 (IANS) Apple is working on the most advanced chips for its unannounced mixed reality headset and now a new report has claimed that the device will incorporate Wi-Fi 6E to offer higher bandwidth, low latency connectivity.

According to Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the adoption of the latest Wi-Fi specification is a basic requirement for head-mounted displays (HMDs) to improve the wireless experience. New HMDs from Meta, Apple, and Sony will all adopt Wi-Fi 6/6E in 2022, reports MacRumors.

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“Wi-Fi 6 is significantly better than Wi-Fi 5 in transmission speed and power consumption, so Meta’s latest Oculus Quest 2 supports Wi-Fi 6,” explains Kuo. “Wi-Fi 6 helps Oculus Air Link operate more stably and allows for a display refresh rate of up to 120Hz (compared to 72Hz or 90Hz for Wi-Fi 5).”

The upcoming headset would likely not be aimed at consumers, but instead be geared towards developers and business customers.

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It may feature at least 15 camera modules, feature eye-tracking, possibly iris recognition, and could cost between $2,000 and $3,000.

The upcoming Apple headset will be similar to the Oculus Quest, and some prototypes being tested include external cameras to enable some AR features.

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Apple is also reportedly testing the ability to use these cameras to track hand movements, and include software features like a virtual keyboard.

–IANS

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