Just days after it was revealed that Apple could be close to unveiling its much-anticipated mixed reality headset, new information suggests mass shipments of the product could be delayed until the second half of 2023.
The news comes courtesy of analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, whose contacts in Apple’s supply chain have helped him get right on other Apple-related news in the past.
The possible delay is attributed to “software-related issues,” Kuo claimed.
in the a thread Taking to Twitter on Sunday, December 4, he shared that while Apple may ship the headset later than expected, the Taiwan-based analyst could still launch the headset in the first half of 2o23.
As MacRumors points out, Kuo had previously suggested that the tech giant would demonstrate the headset in January and begin shipping in the second quarter of 2023, but on Sunday he said he had no information on whether the January reveal would still happen. But if the product doesn’t come out in January, as now seems possible, Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference in June looks like a more likely date for Apple to finally unveil its long-awaited headset.
To be clear, Apple has yet to make an official announcement regarding its headset, which is expected to combine technologies capable of both virtual reality (VR), which allows you to explore a virtual world using digital and video images, and Enabling Augmented Reality (AR). that superimposes virtual elements on top of the real world you see in front of you. But numerous leaks – and comments from Apple CEO Tim Cook – have all but confirmed that the tech company intends to launch its own mixed reality device in the near future.
Kuo’s latest update on Apple’s mixed-reality headset follows a report Friday that the operating system powering the device has been internally renamed “xrOS,” replacing what was originally expected to be the term “realityOS.” The “xr” reportedly stands for “augmented reality,” a nod to the device’s ability to work with both VR and AR.
One company keeping a close eye on developments is the mighty Meta (formerly Facebook), which recently announced its top-of-the-line Quest Pro mixed reality headset, and is also investing significant time and money into creating the Metaverse, a virtual world to work in and play with Play enter through his headphones.
To get an idea of the current state of Meta’s technology, and also to get a glimpse of what Apple needs to do to take off with its own headset, check out what happened when a Digital Trends writer reviewed its MacBook Air replaced by Metas Quest Pro has a full work week.