Apple: 8K AR / VR glasses should use Wi-Fi 6E

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Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has commented on Apple’s plans for an AR / VR headset after it is said to have been delayed due to the complex design. Accordingly, the AR / VR headset should rely on Wi-Fi 6E to support higher bandwidth, interference-free transmission and lower latencies.

Wi-Fi 6E for bandwidth and latency

By using Wi-Fi 6E, Apple also wants to do without a cable from the VR glasses to the computer, which would significantly improve the convenience of use. It was only in July of this year that the Federal Network Agency approved a spectrum of 480 MHz in the 6 GHz range (5.945 to 6.425 GHz) for WiFi 6E in Germany. Because the frequency range at 6 GHz is exclusively available to the improved WLAN standard. Facebook’s (Meta) Oculus Quest and Quest 2 already support Wi-Fi 6 with Oculus Air Link, which allows refresh rates of up to 120 Hz instead of 90 Hz over Wi-Fi 5. Kuo therefore assumes that Meta and Sony will also introduce new VR glasses with Wi-Fi 6E next year.

AR / VR only intermediate step to complete AR

Regardless of the wireless connection, Apple’s AR / VR glasses with a speculated price of at least 3,000 US dollars will not only be expensive, but also offer numerous sensors, 8K displays and powerful SoCs. It is not yet known whether Apple is aiming only at augmented reality or, in conjunction with Apple Arcade, will also be involved in the gaming sector with VR glasses. Rumor has it that the glasses will combine AR and VR, with Apple’s path towards complete AR glasses.

Rumors divided about the start date

Ming-Chi Kuo had previously stated that Apple’s VR glasses will probably only go into production in the fourth quarter of 2022. A presentation and sales launch would not be expected until 2023. Mark Gurman from Bloomberg assumes, however, that Apple will introduce the device next year.

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