According to a new report, 2022 could be the year Apple launches its long-rumored headset which is expected to offer both augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) headset capabilities. Many industry reports had pointed to a 2022 launch, but now rumors are beginning to circle in on the device’s expected release date.
Apple’s could launch its AR/VR headset as early as next year
Apple’s AR/VR headset, which has been in the works for several years, could be in customers’ hands as soon as next year. While an exact launch date has not been revealed, many reports about the release are pointing to a similar timeframe.
As reported by MacRumors, TF Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo recently said that Apple’s AR/VR headset is on track to be released in the fourth quarter of 2022. Kuo had previously said that the device has been would be released in the second quarter of 2022. However, after several instances of mass production getting delayed, the Cupertino tech giant is now aiming for a launch in the fourth quarter. The fourth-quarter runs from October 1 to December 31, so the announcement could be less than a year away.
It is possible that Apple could offer a first look at its headset at WWDC in June 2022 in order to give developers enough time to design apps for the platform before its scheduled launch.
So, what we know about the headset’s design is that it is allegedly similar to Facebook’s Oculus device but will be lightweight, less than 150 grams, for more comfortable all-day wear. To achieve that, the company will use Fresnel’s hybrid ultra-short focal length lenses and OLED displays with 3,000 PPI.
Powered by an M1-like processor, the headset will also feature advanced hand gesture detection, eye tracking, iris recognition, voice control, skin detection, facial expression detection, and spatial detection. The exact price of the device is unclear as of now, but reports indicate it will come with a hefty price tag.