Tech giant Apple had its fair share of high-end product launches this year. We witnessed the chronological upgrades to iPhones, MacBooks, Apple Watch, AirPods. But one of the biggest announcement was the M1 Pro and M1 Max SoCs. Just the other month, MacBook Pros with these new chips were unleashed. Now, we are getting reports that the company is planning to launch iMac Pro with the same chips next year. Not just that, Apple is also said to unveil its long rumored Mixed Reality Headset in 2022.
Here’s what we know about them.
Apple Mixed Reality Headset
According to the latest newsletter by Bloomberg, Mark Gunman has claimed that Apple is planning to release its pricey Mixed Realtiy device with advanced chips, displays, sensor and avatar-based features as early as next year.
Mixed Reality brings the real and virtual worlds together. In MR, virtual and augmented reality interact in real-time. Apple’s AR-VR Device is said to be priced on a premium side and reportedly aims at the developer community. This means it will cost thousands of dollars.
An earlier report from The Information said that this new headset will work in tandem with iPhone or MacBook pro. The report also claims that the chipset needed for this headset has been developed last year and it will be based on TSMC’s 5nm manufacturing process.
Gurman has said that the major use of this mixed reality headset will be in gaming as the headset will be able to offer a “mixed reality experience that can handle games in high-quality virtual reality.” Apple is aiming for a mixed reality experience that can handle games in high-quality virtual reality with snappy chips and high-end displays.
It is being speculated that Apple is planning to reveal this mixed reality headset in a few months, through an in-person event. Meanwhile, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has said that the company is aiming to release the AR/VR headset by mid-2022, followed by an AR headset in 2025.
iMac Pro with M1 Pro, M1 Max chipsets
Apple is expected to unveil a new line-up of iMac Pro in the first half of 2022. The new iMac Pro would come with the latest Apple chipsets and a new design language too.
Leakster Dylan through his Twitter handle claimed that iMac Pro will be powered by M1 and M1 Max SoCs that were recently launched by the company. The base model of the iMac Pro will have 16GB RAM and 512GB internal storage capacity, which would be upgradable too.
It will have black bezels and the design will be altered to make it look similar to the new 24-inch iMac and the Pro Display XDR. HDMI port will be onboard with an SD card reader and USB Type-C port. Face ID has been tested on the device, but it is yet to be a confirmed spec.
ProMotion technology will be present, which means variable refresh rates on the Mini LED screen. The power brick for the M1 Pro/Max Apple iMac Pro will imitate that of the 2021 iMac by having an Ethernet connection incorporated into it. The new iMac Pro is expected to replace the existing 27-inch version of the AIO desktop computer.
iMac Pro Expected Release Date & Pricing
The new iMac Pro will probably launch at an Apple event in March 2022 and the starting price for the same is anticipated to be around 2,000 US dollars.