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Apple still on track to release mixed-reality headset next year

Apple's upcoming mixed reality headset is expected to feature eye-tracking and could even get iris recognition.

Image: .iphoneincanada.ca
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Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of TF Securities has claimed that the iPhone maker is still on track to release a mixed-reality headset next year. Bloomberg had previously indicated that Apple's first mixed reality headset will be a high-end and pricey.
Apple is reportedly planning to adopt a hybrid Fresnel lens design for its mixed reality headset to improve optical performance in addition to delivering a broad field of view and to keep the weight of the headset under 150 grams. Most virtual reality headsets use Fresnel lenses, first invented some 200 years ago to focus lighthouse beams, to enable ultra-short focal lengths, but that these headsets typically weigh 300-400 grams or more with bulky form factors.
Apple's upcoming mixed reality headset is expected to feature eye-tracking and could even get iris recognition. The eye-tracking system will feature a transmitter and receiver that can detect and analyse eye movement information, providing users with images and information based on algorithms.

Kuo believes that the eye-tracking system can provide a more user-friendly and smooth experience. Additionally, Kuo feels that the use of such a system will be more intuitive and save on the burden of rendering additional assets where the user is not looking.

Previously, the Information had revealed that Apple's upcoming mixed reality headset will feature 8K displays, swappable headbands, and eye-tracking. The mixed reality headset is expected to come with Sony's Micro-OLED displays and optical modules for a "see-through AR experience". The device is expected to be portable in nature and will be able to work independently, but not like an iPhone.
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