Jony Ive, ex-Apple design chief, clashed with VR headset team

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Before leaving the company, Apple design chief Jony Ive reportedly clashed with the team developing its upcoming virtual reality headset.
While the team — which had grown under executive Mike Rockwell to to number more than 1,000 employees — had high technical ambitions for its dual virtual reality and augmented reality wearable, Ive demanded that the team scale back its goal in order to deliver a more streamlined design, according to Bloomberg.
Ive particularly took issue with the fact that the headset — which was “initially designed to be an ultra-powerful system” that would deliver the “best of both VR and AR” — would have required additional processing capabilities to be housed in a separate hub that connected via wireless signal. Ive urged the team to focus on a less powerful device that could all fit in one piece.
The monthslong standoff eventually landed on the desk of Apple CEO Tim Cook, who sided with Ive — famous for developing the designs of products like the iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch.
Apple’s new device — which could be announced as soon as 2021 for a 2022 release — will feature “ultra-high-resolution screens that will make it almost impossible for a user to differentiate the virtual world from the real …

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