DigiTimes reports that Apple mixed reality headset has completed the second phase of production testing. Rumor mills claim that the Cupertino tech giant is developing a mixed reality(augmented reality and virtual reality) headset to offer an immersive experience that will launch in late 2022 or early 2023.
Apple mixed reality headset might launch this year
The paywalled article, viewed by MacRumors, says that Apple AR/VR headset prototype has cleared design and specifications testing and will likely launch later this year.
Citing information from the headset’s component suppliers, the device has reportedly completed second-phase engineering validation tests (EVT 2) to ensure that prototype units meet Apple’s design goals and specifications. DigiTimes added that the headset is expected to debut by the end of 2022.
This report contradicts claims of delays made by Mark Gurman of Bloomberg. In January, Gurman said that the long-rumored Apple AR/VR headset is facing overheating issues, along with software and camera issues. Therefore, its launch might be pushed to 2023. Previously, the mixed reality headset was expected to debut at WWDC 2022 event.
Reportedly, Apple mixed reality headset will have Facebook Oculus-like design with will use Fresnel’s hybrid ultra-short focal length lenses and OLED displays with 3,000 PPI. And unlike the traditional two displays, the device will feature three displays. It will weigh 150 grams for comfortable all-day wear.
Apple might power the headset with an M1-like processor and offer advanced features like hand gesture detection, iris recognition, eye tracking, voice control, facial expression detection, spatial detection, and skin detection.
Recently, TrendForce predicted that Apple mixed reality headset will likely cost thousands of dollars like the HoloLens headset and offer apps or services through monthly subscription plans to make a higher profit.