We expect some of the most interesting specifications of the future Apple Glass. In some rumors we have heard that its power will be similar to that of the M1, which will allow these augmented / virtual reality glasses work autonomously compared to the iPhone, iPad or Mac. Now Kuo comes to confirm, indirectly, the true power of this device.
The power needed to power these glasses
According to renowned Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo (via MacRumors), future augmented / virtual reality glasses will use the same charger as the 14-inch MacBook Pros with M1 Pro. 96 W of power and that gives us an idea of the power of these glasses.
The truth is that such power is not surprising, because according to Kuo himself these glasses will be equipped with two processors, one in 5 nm technology and the other in 4 nm technology, both manufactured by TSMC. As we have already discussed, the high-performance processor will have a computing power similar to that of the M1, leaving tasks related to sensors and other aspects of the glasses to the other processor.
One of the options that rumors and analysts handled a few months ago was that the Apple Glass work connected to another device, be it an iPhone, an iPad or a Mac that gave them the necessary computing power to function. While this is an interesting approximation it seems that Apple wants to bet on an autonomous device.
Just for a matter of numbers, Apple Glass will be closer to the power of a Mac than an iPad.
According to rumors, the reason for this autonomy would be in not having to rely on cables to receive information from devices. Some cables are necessary, since the bandwidth of the wireless technology and its stability could be insufficient for Apple’s plans. That said, it is true that launching a product that, from its first version, already enjoys its own independence in terms of computing power, is an interesting step.
All this comes to justify the need to use what until now was the most powerful charger that Apple manufactured. A charger that, after the launch of the 16-inch MacBook Pro with M1 with its 140 W charger, ranks second by a comfortable distance from the 20 or 18-watt chargers of the iPhone or iPad. Just from a matter of numbers it is clear that the power of these glasses will be assimilated earlier to that of a Mac than to that of an iPad, and that both share an M1 processor.
Although some rumors place Apple’s augmented / virtual reality glasses in the last quarter of the year, it is certain that they could appear throughout the year with complete peace of mind. Apple’s plans could well be to introduce these glasses in the spring, present the underlying and development technology at WWDC, and begin shipments of the glasses soon after. For now we are making assumptions, but will be on the lookout for rumors and leaks in case there are any surprises.