It’s been a while since rumors started hinting at a mixed reality headset from Apple. More recently, various sources have suggested that the company will announce this device between 2022 and 2023. With a special event now confirmed for September 7, is there room for Apple’s alleged AR/VR headset?
The Rumors About Apple’s Mixed Reality Headsets
Based on some leaked mockups, the design of Apple’s mixed reality headset will be heavily inspired by AirPods Max and Apple Watch. As this is a device that is supposed to be immersive, it is expected to feature dual 8K OLED displays, along with advanced sensors for environment and gesture detection.
Just like the iPhone and iPad, Apple’s AR/VR headset is expected to feature an Apple Silicon chip, so it can run graphics-intensive apps without needing another device nearby. . A Bloomberg report earlier this year revealed that Apple was working on augmented reality versions of several of its iOS apps.
Due to its complexity and high-end technologies, the product is expected to cost between $1,000 and $3,000. A working prototype was reportedly presented to Apple’s board of directors in May, suggesting that the official launch is imminent.
When will Apple announce its AR/VR headset?
According to analysts Ming-Chi Kuo and Jeff Pu, Apple’s mixed reality headset was previously scheduled for release in late 2022. However, due to supply issues, Apple has reportedly moved the product launch to the first half of 2023. Kuo believes that the headset could be announced in early 2023 with pre-orders coming months later.
Some people thought that Apple would at least tease the new device during WWDC 2022 in June, but that never happened. A few days before the event, the company even obtained a trademark registration for “RealityOS” from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
During the WWDC 2022 keynote, Apple made no mention of augmented or virtual reality technologies, as if the company was trying to keep the excitement going until the new headset was ready. However, iOS 16 brings a bunch of new APIs for AR/VR, such as integration with the U1 chip, advanced indoor scanning, and 4K HDR video support.
With that in mind, will Apple wait until 2023 to announce its new headphones? Is there a chance the product will be featured at the company’s September event?
At this point, there is no evidence that the headset will be announced next month. However, I wouldn’t be surprised to see a preview on September 7th. After all, it wouldn’t be the first time that Apple has teased a product months before its release.
In September 2014, the Apple Watch was unveiled at the iPhone 6 event. However, the product did not hit stores until April 2015. HomePod and the Mac Pro were also announced months before their release. at the store. Something similar could happen with the mixed reality headset. But honestly, that doesn’t seem likely.
What’s really going on at the September event?
We know for sure that two products will be coming to the September event: the iPhone 14 and the Apple Watch Series 8. Apple has also been working on new Macs and iPads, but these are expected to be on hold until October.
As per usual, 9to5Mac will have full coverage of the event on September 7. Are you excited for Apple’s upcoming announcements? Let us know in the comments below.
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