Apple's new Mac processors are based on those it originally designed for VR and Augmented Reality (VR and AR) glasses. A few years ago, the company was working on a VR headset codenamed N301, which was to come with a stationary hub, according to a report by Bloomberg. While, thanks to internal differences, Apple dropped its plans for such a device, "some" are being "recycled" to build its upcoming processors.
Latest rumors have indicated the company wants to switch away from Intel's processors on its Mac computers. Instead, Apple will build its own processors based on Advanced RISC Machines (ARM) architecture which currently constructs chipset architecture for almost every mobile device.
Although many have questioned if Apple's moving to ARM would have the same amount of power as its current Intel processors, this may raise trust in these devices. Typically processors intended for VR and AR are quite powerful and Apple could use its influence over both software and hardware layers to further boost performance, something that has differentiated its iPhones and iPads for many years.
According to the Bloomberg report, "the N301 was originally intended as an ultra-powerful system, with previously unheard of graphics and processing speeds for a wearable product. The processing capabilities were so advanced that the technology could not be crammed into a sleek headset - and produced so much heat.
The company is now working on a less powerful version of its VR headset, and the N301 appears as a smaller version of the Oculus Quest headset. Apple's rumors of launching an AR headset have been doing the rounds for quite some time now. Recent reports suggest that the company also acquired a patent for an AR headset, and Apple has generally shown interest in this space too.
The company already has the ARKit software, which enables developers to build AR apps for their iPhones and iPads. It even added a light detection and range sensor (LIDAR) to its new iPad Pro, which is intended to improve the tablet's AR experience. when the N301 headset is launched, it will have its own App Store.