The Apple Mixed Reality headset is becoming more and more concrete. While rumors about the VR/AR headset continue to grow, the tech giant has now filed two patents with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and been granted them.
Apple mixed reality headset: two new patents granted
The Apple Mixed Reality headset could actually become a reality. This is at least indicated by two new patents that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has now granted the technology company. The first patent describes the front panel of a corresponding head-mounted device (HMD), which almost looks like a pair of ski goggles with a reflective display.
The one-sided, infrared-transmissive mirror system according to Patently Apple relies on a similar reflection as is the case with some ski and sunglasses. On the one hand, this hides the user’s eyes. On the other hand, the Apple HMD is likely to feature several sensors and optical components that would also be hidden by the mirror layer.
The patent for the Apple Mixed Reality headset with the Number 11,314,005 thus mainly serves the design of the headset to hide the technical components and thus provide a better look.
Inductive charging system of the Apple HMD
The second Patent number 11,314,281 revolves around the charging system of Apple’s HMD system. It describes the head-mounted display, which is composed of a display unit, a headband, an energy storage device and one or more receiving coils.
Via a kind of headphone stand, the mixed reality headset is apparently charged inductively as soon as the device is placed there. For this purpose, the receiver coils are mounted on the back of the headband to enable an inductive charging station when hooked into the stand.
However, the two granted patents still do not represent a confirmation for the Apple Mixed Reality headset. The HMD has not been officially announced yet. Currently, it is assumed that a possible release will only take place in 2023.
The latest rumor was that Apple could plan the presentation of the VR/AR headset for the fourth quarter of 2022 and then release the device in early 2023. Current rumors speak of a 4K micro-LED display, WiFI 6E connectivity and standalone use. However, the price is likely to be quite steep according to these specifications.