if you are in You’ve probably been focusing on the news coming out of CES this week about virtual reality. There was no shortage of new augmented reality glasses and virtual reality headsets. But the biggest AR-VR news has come from a company that very intentionally didn’t announce at his CES.
More leaks emerged this week about Apple’s upcoming mixed reality headset. A report from The Information lays out new details about some of the most anticipated wearables of the last few years. According to an unnamed Apple insider working on the project, the ski goggle-style device will be adding a number of features. Some, such as foveated rendering and pass-through views, are also found in competing headsets such as the Meta Quest Pro and Sony’s imminent PS VR2. But Apple’s headset aims to be lighter than the Quest Pro and easier to operate than either competitor.
Internal sensors automatically adjust 8K visuals (4K for each eyeball) to match your unique facial features. Some of the features also seem meant to make the experience of wearing the headset less like being trapped in a digital silo. The internal camera can translate facial expressions to the device’s external display. An Apple Watch-esque dial on the side lets you quickly toggle between his VR and color views of the real world around you. Much to Meta’s chagrin, Apple’s headset might even be able to capture leg movements.
The leak also revealed some limitations. Non-Apple Bluetooth earbuds have been reported to not sync well with the headset. There’s no headphone jack, so you’ll need either AirPods or a band of headsets with speakers that Apple is apparently working on. There’s no hint of a release date, but the device’s production has reportedly been postponed several times, and Apple could be set to unveil the device later this year.
Other consumer technology news includes:
Apple reportedly cancels iPhone SE
According to Ming-Chi Kuo, Analyst In the case of TF International Securities, Apple may not be making a new iPhone SE. Citing supply chain issues and lower sales of mid-range phones compared to iPhone Pro models, Kuo said Apple could choose to delay the new iPhone SE this year or simply not release it. said.
The SE is a decent enough phone, but apparently the breathtaking marketing of Apple’s flagship device hampers the budget model. Either that or people just prefer bigger phones these days. Since Apple ditched the iPhone Mini last year, it seems to have moved on from smaller, more modest options.
google map where?
Hey, did you know you can use Google Maps while driving? Yes, this is the core functionality of Google’s GPS app, but now the company is introducing a slightly different feature for certain vehicles. Google allows automotive companies to implement HD Maps software in their in-car navigation software. It’s not Google Maps per se, but it’s a sort of underlying system that underpins automotive technology. So far, Volvo and Polestar have said they will use Google’s HD Map system.
we live at CES now
It would be impossible to continue writing this news roundup without attending CES. For the first time since his 2020, WIRED was in person at this huge consumer tech event, and our reporters got to experience the weird and wacky tech exhibits firsthand.
this week’s gadget lab Podcasts originate directly from the heart of CES. Our field team met late at night in a Las Vegas hotel room to navigate through the marketing chaos and highlight what stood out at his CES this year.