Rumor mills claim that in early 2023, Apple will launch its first-generation mixed reality headset which will feature augmented reality and virtual reality technologies to enhance users’ gaming and viewing experience.
Ahead of the new mixed reality headset, ET News reports that Apple has already finalized the second generation mixed reality headset which is going to launch in 2024 with more capabilities.
Apple 2nd-gen mixed reality headset will feature calling capabilities
According to the report, Apple suppliers are gearing up for mass production of its first generation mixed reality headset in Q4, 2022 for an early 2023 launch. The new device will be equipped with an ‘OLEDoS’ display provided by Sony and LG Display, a 3D sensing module from LG Innotek, the M1 chip, and will run on realityOS.
The upcoming 1st-gen headset will focus on entertainment and games. But it will be produced in a small volume because it is expected to primarily test the metaverse headset for the launch of the improved version in 2024.
Second-generation mixed reality headset will be lighter than its predecessor and will feature calling capabilities.
It is expected that Apple’s first XR device to be released as a product specialized for entertainment and games. The 1st gen product is expected to focus on significance in testing the metaverse headset to prepare the better version as 2nd gen XR device that will be released soon after. Apple is also developing a 2nd gen XR device at the same time, with a goal of releasing it in 2024.
The 2nd gen product is expected to be much lighter in weight than the 1st gen product and to equipped with call function. They aim to popularize XR devices by greatly increasing portability. LG Innotek is being discussed as a supplier of ultra-high-definition cameras for the 2nd gen Apple XR devices.
However, the report contradicts tech analyst Ming-Chi Kuo related to the launch of the Apple AR/VR mixed reality headset. Kuo reported that the second generation of Apple’s new headset will launch in 2025 with high-end and mid-range models.
Although Apple keeps a tight lip regarding the launch of new devices and services, the company’s CEO Tim Cook hinted at a new AR-enable device in an interview with @ChinaDailyUSA. Discussing the potential of augmented reality tech, Cook said that consumers should stay tuned for a new AR device that puts “humanity at the center of it.”