The mixed reality headset was absent from the Apple conference, which did not say a single word about it. Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo just announced that Apple’s AR/VR headset has been delayed. It would not be announced until January 2023.
Apple’s AR / VR mixed reality headset missed WWDC 2022 where we notably discovered macOS Ventura and its new features, but it is apparently not yet ready for release. Despite some subtle allusions to augmented reality, the Cupertino company has not said a single word about its long-awaited helmet. According to a new report, the helmet would have been delayed compared to previous forecasts.
Apple’s first mixed reality headset was originally expected in 2022. Some even thought it would be officially unveiled at WWDC 2022. Eventually, it’ll probably take wait a few more months. Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo announced the bad news on Twitter.
Apple’s AR/VR headset reportedly available before WWDC 2023
According to Ming-Chi Kuo’s report, Apple planned an event in January 2023 to lift the veil on its mixed reality headset. Then pre-orders won’t start until the second quarter of 2023. The AR/VR headset is expected to be available in stores and online before WWDC 2023, about a year from now.
This delay would be partly caused by the various confinements in Shanghai which would have interrupted development. Either way, Apple’s Mixed Reality Headset isn’t coming anytime soon. If Ming-Chi Kuo’s predictions are correct, that means Apple wouldn’t use WWDC 2023 to present the new operating system dubbed “realityOS” AR/VR headset.
The Cupertino company might have planned a separate event for everything related to augmented reality. In any case, we don’t know much about this mysterious helmet yet. Unlike Meta, Apple would rather avoid the metaverse which it considers “off limits” for the time being. Apple’s mixed reality headset would be used mainly for communication, entertainment and video games. It is rumored to feature 8K resolution for each eye. Ming-Chi Kuo, however, believes that Apple has provided a more affordable headset with 4K instead of 8K.
Source: Digital Trends