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Last-minute Apple headset spec leak exposes details about sensors, cameras, and more

A render of a potential Apple headset [AppleInsider]

A last-minute Apple VR and AR headset leak details an extensive collection of external and internal sensors, and claims that the with the device will to use two main chips for processing power.

Apple is mere hours away from revealing what is probably its long-awaited mixed-reality headset to the world. In a last-minute leak arriving under the wire, a leaker offers a bunch of seemingly key specifications for the inbound hardware.

In a tweet thread on Monday by serial leaker "@URedditor," the headset will feature a main button on the left-hand side, with its own version of the Digital Crown control on the right-hand side. As previously rumored, it will also include two displays, using OLED panels.

On the outside and in, there is allegedly a wide array of cameras and sensors, including four CV cameras and two RGB cameras, along with two low-light infrared illuminators. A TrueDepth camera is also listed, which is "likely for Face ID" authentication, though the leaker later explains this is an assumption and may not necessarily be used for that purpose.

The inter-pupillary distance adjustment may also be an automated feature.

Onboard are supposedly two system-on-chips, consisting of a main processor and coprocessor, as well as an SEP. A USB-C connector is also mentioned, as well as a small battery that connects via a wire, just as rumored previously.

The remaining spec list includes:

  • Compass
  • ALS
  • Magnetometer
  • Ambient light sensor
  • Accelerometer
  • Gyroscope
  • Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth 5
  • ULLA
  • Integrated stereo speakers
  • Four microphones

The leaker has a decent track record based on earlier rumors, and with this proximity to the actual announcement, it seems like the list is plausible.

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