Near the end of January, Bloomberg published a report claiming that Apple is working on what could be the most expensive 8K VR headset ever made. Now, a JP Morgan analysis, spotted by China Times, states that the headset could be available as early as Q1 2022, but it’s likely to cost around $3,000 USD.
Why the steep price? Because Apple’s first VR headset will likely boast dual 8K displays with eye-tracking technology, offering far better resolution than other VR headsets that are commercially available at the moment. For example, the $300 USD Oculus Quest 2 has a singular fast-switch LCD panel with a 1832×1920 per eye resolution, while the $700 USD HTC Vive Cosmos displays text and graphics through a 2880 x 1700 combined pixel resolution.
In addition to an ultra-high-resolution display, the headset is also expected to feature the combination of an optical radar (LiDAR) and a Time-of-Flight (ToF) sensor for accurate location of the headset in space. All these and other components will be coordinated by a new version of the M1 chip, the first ARM-based system on a chip designed by Apple.
The chip will be manufactured by TSMC, one of the world’s biggest semiconductor foundries, and the final assembly of the headset will be handled Pegatron or Quanta Computer.
According to a drawing published by The Information, the headset could feature a HomePod-esque mesh fabric and swappable Apple Watch-style headbands. Depending on the specific materials Apple decides to use, the headset could be considerably lighter than its competitors, which would definitely help with long-term comfort.
Because of how expensive the headset will be, some experts predict that its target audience will be professional content creators—not regular users. Currently, producers of virtual reality content have to rely on third-party VR headsets and deal with the potential compatibility issues associated with them.
Emirates Airline To Invest $2 Billion On Major Upgrades
Emirates plans a huge retrofit on its fleet and an upgrade to the inflight experience.
Emirates Airline has just announced plans to improve its inflight experience for passengers. The carrier has budgeted $2 billion to refit the interiors of over 120 of its aircraft, aiming for a more modern aesthetic for cabins, along with better food choices, modern inflight entertainment options, and a significant service overhaul.
Emirates is well known for its premium service, so this overhaul is an ambitious decision, as many other airlines are trying their hardest to increase revenues and reduce costs.
“Emirates is flying against the grain and investing to deliver ever better experiences to our customers. Through the pandemic we’ve continued to launch new services and initiatives to ensure our customers travel with the assurance and ease, including digital initiatives to improve customer experiences on the ground. Now we’re rolling out a series of intensive programmes to take Emirates’ signature inflight experiences to the next level,” says Sir Tim Clark, President of Emirates Airline.
The investment aims to ensure Emirates stays on top form, with many of the upgrades scheduled to materialize quickly. For the physical refit, aircraft are scheduled to enter the Emirates Engineering Center in November. So what can passengers expect once work is complete? The most significant change will be to aircraft interiors, where flyers of all classes will immediately spot new flooring, paneling, and reupholstered seats.
As well as a physical overhaul, the airline plans to upgrade entertainment systems, adding a “Cinema in the Sky” experience, complete with a bespoke app. In addition, better meal choices will reflect changing dietary preferences, including a new vegan menu and a nod to sustainability — though there will remain a strong luxury vibe to the proceedings, as the company has entered an exclusive agreement to offer Dom Perignon vintage champagne on board, as well as delicacies such as Persian caviar.
Though many of the improvements may seem trivial, Emirates is hoping that along with a huge cabin overhaul, their overall flight experience will continue to make travel a pleasurable experience, elevating their service above the competition.