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The future of mixed reality comes into focus with both Apple and Meta announcements

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Apple is joining the XR party with its very own headset. With big players like Meta and Google already in the game, it was only a matter of time before Apple jumped in too. So, what’s the scoop on their upcoming creation? Check it out.

Apple’s mixed reality headset is their version of augmented reality (AR) headsets, but with their signature Apple touch. While they tend to take their time before diving into new products, the wait is almost over. Word on the street is that they’ll unveil the headset at the WWDC 2023 developer conference. We’ve got our popcorn ready.

Now, Apple hasn’t officially confirmed the existence of the headset, but tech enthusiasts and analysts have been sleuthing around for clues. Patents suggest that the name might include the word “Reality,” and there’s talk of a fancy software called “xrOS” in the works. Sounds intriguing, right?

This VR/AR device is said to work with existing iPadOS apps, so you can enjoy your favourite apps in a whole new immersive way. Of course, gaming is expected to be a big focus.

Picture realistic avatars in virtual meeting rooms, collaborate with colleagues through Apple’s Freeform app, and use the headset as an external monitor for your Mac. It’s like a sci-fi adventure coming to life. Plus, Apple is working on a Wellness app that promises a relaxation experience with calming sounds and stunning graphics.

So, mark your calendars for WWDC 2023 because Apple’s VR/AR headset is on the horizon. While we’re still waiting for more details including confirmation on the sticker price (rumoured to be around $3k), one thing’s for sure: Apple is ready to make waves in the tech world once again.

Meta Quest 3 Had a Big Week

Meta, formerly known as Facebook, has officially unveiled its next-generation VR headset, the Quest 3. The announcement was made by Mark Zuckerberg on his Instagram account, generating significant buzz among VR enthusiasts. The Quest 3 boasts a lighter and more comfortable design compared to its predecessor, the Quest 2, with a 40 percent slimmer optic profile. It also features a powerful new Snapdragon chip that doubles the graphics performance. Priced at $499.99 for the 128GB version, the Quest 3 is set to hit the shelves this fall, with an additional storage option available at an undisclosed price.

In a surprise move, Meta has also reduced the price of the Quest 2. Starting from June 4th, the 128GB version will be available for just $299.99, while the 256GB version will cost $349.99. This price adjustment makes the Quest 2 even more affordable, undoing the previous year’s price increase. For those eager to experience the Quest 3, Meta has provided a sign-up link to receive further information about the highly anticipated VR headset. Stay tuned for Meta’s Connect event on September 27th, where more details and exciting announcements are expected. The competition in the VR market is intensifying, with both Meta and Apple vying for dominance, promising an exciting future for virtual reality enthusiasts.

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