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Apple Plans Standalone AR and VR Gaming Headset by 2022 and Glasses Later

  • Company designs new 3-D system as hub for range of AR devices
  • Next iPad, iPhone to have 3-D system, followed by two headsets
People interact with an Apple iPad in Chicago.
People interact with an Apple iPad in Chicago.Photographer: Christopher Dilts/Bloomberg

Apple Inc. is working on a range of augmented and virtual-reality devices underpinned by a new 3-D sensor system, according to people familiar with the plans.

A new iPad Pro for release as early as the first half of 2020 will feature a new module with two camera sensors, up from one on the current model, and a small hole for the 3-D system, letting people create three-dimensional reconstructions of rooms, objects and people. The Cupertino, California-based technology giant also plans to add the sensor to new high-end iPhones later in 2020, along with 5G networking capabilities, said the people, who asked not to be identified discussing unannounced products.