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

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in Future Apple Hardware edited June 2023
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.

A render of a potential Apple headset [AppleInsider]
A render of a potential Apple headset [AppleInsider]

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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  • Reply 1 of 23
    ddawson100ddawson100 Posts: 527member
    Apple's got everything to make this a hit category. If someone can make it happen, it's them.
    jas99
  • Reply 2 of 23
    MacProMacPro Posts: 19,787member
    I'd like to see the leakers' sources thrown out of where they work and those reporting the leaks blackballed.  I am perfectly happy to wait until Apple announces a product.  Leakers, and blogs that focus on them for clicks and fame are pretty pathetic IMHO.
    edited June 2023 lordjohnwhorfindewmeCluntBaby92
  • Reply 3 of 23
    iOS_Guy80iOS_Guy80 Posts: 854member
    Ready to pre-order.
    jas99
  • Reply 4 of 23
    radarthekatradarthekat Posts: 3,878moderator
    Does CV stand for Computer Vision?

    What’s the difference between these two separately listed items?
    • ALS
    • Ambient light sensor

    What is ULLA?

    Not all readers are up on all industry acronyms.  
    edited June 2023 unbeliever2
  • Reply 5 of 23
    XedXed Posts: 2,704member
    Does CV stand for Computer Vision?

    What’s the difference between these two separately listed items?
    • ALS
    • Ambient light sensor

    What is ULLA?

    Not all readers are up on all industry acronyms.  
    I assume that ULLA is ultra-low latency audio over Bluetooth.

    Yes, I'd imagine that ALS stands for ambient light sensor.
  • Reply 6 of 23
    ravnorodomravnorodom Posts: 710member
    Nice. Is it 1pm EST yet? Can't wait.
    jas99
  • Reply 7 of 23
    torb9htorb9h Posts: 15member
    And what is SEP?
  • Reply 8 of 23
    XedXed Posts: 2,704member
    torb9h said:
    And what is SEP?
    I assume it's for...

    https://www.theiphonewiki.com/wiki/Secure_Enclave_Processor


    This article was really poorly put together with duplicates of info and acronyms that should not be used without explanation for a tech rumor website.
    edited June 2023 unbeliever2
  • Reply 9 of 23
    AppleZuluAppleZulu Posts: 2,097member
    Don't forget the gonkulator and the flux capacitor!
    dewmedesignr
  • Reply 10 of 23
    brassensbrassens Posts: 7member
    What kind of egotistical self-aggrandizing tool would “leak” this hours before the keynote. it is not news. Appleinsider does us all a disservice by promulgating useless tripe. 
    dewme
  • Reply 11 of 23
    AppleZuluAppleZulu Posts: 2,097member
    brassens said:
    What kind of egotistical self-aggrandizing tool would “leak” this hours before the keynote. it is not news. Appleinsider does us all a disservice by promulgating useless tripe. 
    If you have an ad-supported site, a  fabricated 'leaked' page from the Apple website (as if Apple is not sophisticated enough to keep the real webpage under a lid) or a fabricated 'leaked' list of specifications would absolutely drive traffic and generate ad revenue on the morning of an anticipated announcement. Particularly if it's just made up, there would be little to no accountability for such an endeavor, and thus no downside. If there's no actual leak, it'll sell some ads and then be forgotten in a few hours. Easy money!
    designr
  • Reply 12 of 23
    dewmedewme Posts: 5,545member
    MacPro said:
    I'd like to see the leakers' sources thrown out of where they work and those reporting the leaks blackballed.  I am perfectly happy to wait until Apple announces a product.  Leakers, and blogs that focus on them for clicks and fame are pretty pathetic IMHO.
    Yeah, it’s a dirtbag move. Kind of like someone opening all of the presents under the Christmas tree just before everyone shows up for the unwrapping ceremony. 

    There are just some people in life who get off by making others feel bad, even when there is no apparent reward for being a douche bag. Some of these same sociopaths go on to a “successful” career in politics. 
    MacPro
  • Reply 13 of 23
    torb9h said:
    And what is SEP?
    According to Douglas Adams, it's a kind of cloaking device:

    An SEP is something we can't see, or don't see, or our brain doesn't let us see, because we think that it's somebody else's problem. That’s what SEP means. Somebody Else’s Problem. The brain just edits it out, it's like a blind spot.... The Somebody Else's Problem field... relies on people's natural predisposition not to see anything they don't want to, weren't expecting, or can't explain.

    :)
    designr
  • Reply 14 of 23
    MacProMacPro Posts: 19,787member
    designr said:
    dewme said:
    MacPro said:
    I'd like to see the leakers' sources thrown out of where they work and those reporting the leaks blackballed.  I am perfectly happy to wait until Apple announces a product.  Leakers, and blogs that focus on them for clicks and fame are pretty pathetic IMHO.
    Yeah, it’s a dirtbag move. Kind of like someone opening all of the presents under the Christmas tree just before everyone shows up for the unwrapping ceremony. 

    There are just some people in life who get off by making others feel bad, even when there is no apparent reward for being a douche bag. Some of these same sociopaths go on to a “successful” career in politics. 
    Relax. You didn't just get leaked anything useful. Everything in this article is pretty obvious and should be assumed. Now...if they had leaked an image of the thing...then I could see being upset (if you want to be).
    The sentiment isn't about this event per se, it's about this sleazy industry of leaking for clicks that have evolved around Apple in general.  And yes, it can do real harm to Apple and Apple stock.
  • Reply 15 of 23
    Sounds expensive. I’m sure it will be dope though. Can’t wait to see it. 
    jas99
  • Reply 16 of 23
    williamhwilliamh Posts: 1,036member
    MacPro said:
    I'd like to see the leakers' sources thrown out of where they work and those reporting the leaks blackballed.  I am perfectly happy to wait until Apple announces a product.  Leakers, and blogs that focus on them for clicks and fame are pretty pathetic IMHO.

    MacPro said:
    I'd like to see the leakers' sources thrown out of where they work and those reporting the leaks blackballed.  I am perfectly happy to wait until Apple announces a product.  Leakers, and blogs that focus on them for clicks and fame are pretty pathetic IMHO.
    Hypothetically speaking, imagine a visitor to AppleInsider since 2006 who has posted over 19k times.  What do you say about people with that level of dedication to reading leaks and the blogs that focus on them?   :D
    designr
  • Reply 17 of 23
    avon b7avon b7 Posts: 7,897member
    It does kind of take the pop out of things on the one hand but on the other, people do have an interest in leaks and it is the internet after all.

    Avoiding spoilers is pretty easy so close to the launch event and, except for one famous leak which came from Apple itself years ago, there's often enough that isn't leaked that is of interest. 

    I haven't watched a WWDC keynote 'live' for years and was actually planning on catching the stream as I'm at home today.

    Last minute changes to plans have changed that so I'll try to catch the highlights. 
  • Reply 18 of 23
    williamhwilliamh Posts: 1,036member
    It makes sense that leaks are popping out right now as that information will have no value in a few hours.  Some of the early leaks might hurt Apple but I also think that there are some authorized leaks for the purpose of judging public sentiment, etc - just like in politics.  I understand some people don't want spoilers right before the big show, but this is AppleInsider.  Maybe read a book for a few hours.
    edited June 2023
  • Reply 19 of 23
    samrodsamrod Posts: 60unconfirmed, member
    MacPro said:
    I'd like to see the leakers' sources thrown out of where they work and those reporting the leaks blackballed.  I am perfectly happy to wait until Apple announces a product.  Leakers, and blogs that focus on them for clicks and fame are pretty pathetic IMHO.
    You know you're on a rumor site, right? It may now seem like a news site, but AppleInsider started as-- and as always been-- an Apple rumor site. If this wasn't already obvious, their new plausibility meter should make nature of the site pretty clear.
  • Reply 20 of 23
    Personally, I'm really excited about the imminent death of the concept renders.
    designr
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