Apple’s Upcoming Mixed-Reality Headset Expected to Feature Innovative Magnetic Cable for External Power Supply
Apple’s upcoming mixed-reality headset, rumored to be named “Reality Pro” or “Reality One,” is expected to feature an external power supply with a unique charging connector, according to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman. Gurman previously reported that Apple made the decision to offload the battery to prevent the device from overheating and to make it more comfortable to wear.
The power cable for the device reportedly features a round tip that magnetically attaches to the headset, reminiscent of Apple’s recently reintroduced MagSafe power port. The power supply, which is about the size of an iPhone and looks similar to Apple’s own MagSafe Battery Pack, can reportedly power the wearable for up to two hours on a single charge. Recharging the pack involves a USB-C cable connected to a MacBook Pro power adapter.
Gurman speculates that Apple will allow customers to buy additional packs separately since a single pack provides so little uptime. The headset is expected to be announced at WWDC 2023.
However, Gurman’s latest report highlights the first-generation nature of Apple’s headset, which is rumored to cost $3,000. With such a cumbersome power delivery method and a high price point, it may not be a product that the average consumer is willing to purchase.