- Proprietory, round power connector for Apple Reality Pro
- Likely 2 hour battery life per charge
- Belt-mounted battery packs reduce weight on the head
Apple’s Reality Pro headset will feature a new, proprietary power connector to its belt-mounted battery pack, according to a new report from Mark Gurman at Bloomberg
The device will reportedly feature two ports: a USB-C connector for data transfer and a round, magnetic charging port that locks into place by rotating clockwise to avoid accidental disconnection. This charging cable is noted to be permanently attached to the battery pack, which should last around 2 hours on a charge.
The battery pack is set to be charged with a similar USB-C charger as shipped with the MacBook Pro models and is around the same footprint as an iPhone but notably thicker. The headset is likely to be powered by an M2 chip driving a pair of 4k displays, so additional battery packs could likely be sold for extended use, according to Gurman.
The pack is designed to be charged via USB-C and will be powered up using the same adapter included with the MacBook Pro. Given the short battery life — likely due to the use of an M2 chip and dual 4K displays — I’d imagine Apple will offer the ability to buy extra packs.Mark Gurman
The headset will likely feature iris scanning identity verification, a digital crown-like dial to move between mixed reality and full VR, and input methods ranging from pinching gestures and air keyboards to Siri voice interaction.
Apple is expected to introduce the Reality Pro headset at WWDC’s keynote, scheduled for June 5, 2023, but it will not likely go on sale until later in the year. Also expected at the event are new Macs, iOS 17, macOS 14 and an overhaul to watchOS 10.