Industry reports from last month suggested that Apple would announce its long-awaited AR/VR headset in the spring, prior to the annual Worldwide Developers Conference in June. However, a new report says that the announcement of the device has been pushed back to June.
Apple’s mixed-reality headset to debut at WWDC, but it will not ship until the second half of 2023
Apple’s first mixed-reality headset has been in the works, on and off, for seven years. The device is now reaching its final development stage. This means that it will definitely arrive this year.
Apple initially planned to unveil the headset in January 2023, however, the announcement timeline was pushed back to spring, 2023. Now, a new report from Bloomberg, citing sources familiar with the matter, suggests that the headset will make its debut during Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference
TF Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo previously said that Apple would likely not host a media event in January to announce the headset, instead, it would announce it during a spring event or during WWDC 23.
Unfortunately, consumers will have to wait a bit longer to get their hands on the device. Due to hardware and software-related issues in the development of the headset, mass production had to be pushed back from Q2, 2023 to Q3 23.
Apple’s first mixed-reality headset, likely to be called Reality Pro, will offer dual 4K displays to a flexible OLED, more than a dozen cameras, and more. The headset will reportedly offer cutting-edge technology such as iris scanning, and facial expression tracking powered by Apple silicon CPUs.
Due to how sophisticated the headset will be, it will be expensive; estimates place the cost at around $3,000. The company plans to produce one million units in the first year. The headgear is just the beginning of Apple’s roadmap and will be the company’s first foray into the emerging AR/VR industry.
It has also been claimed that Apple is developing a lighter, more inexpensive headset while continuing to delay the release of its augmented reality glasses.