Apple AR/MR headset development behind schedule, announcement likely pushed to spring or WWDC
Development of Apple’s long-rumored AR/MR headset is reportedly behind schedule, with respected industry analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claiming that the delay is due to issues with mechanical component drop testing and the availability of software development tools, forcing the iPhone maker to postpone the device’s announcement to later in the year.
Kuo previously reported that Apple could announce its AR/MR headset as soon as later this month, although due to the alleged development issues, the analyst now suggests that the announcement of the wearable could be pushed to spring or Apple’s annual WWDC conference which will likely take place in June.
Due to the late announcement, Kuo believes Apple could release the device towards end of the second or third quarter of 2023.
The rumored device will reportedly feature two ultra-high-resolution 8K displays with a “bevy” of other features, including advanced eye-tracking technology, marking Apple’s first major new product launch since the original Apple Watch in October 2014.
In 2021 saw The Information publish a sketch of the upcoming headset, claiming to have seen secret internal imagery from an unnamed source “with direct knowledge” of the development, reporting that the device will offer a “sleek, curved visor attached to the face by a mesh material and swappable headbands.”
Concept creator Ian Zelbo has released visuals showing what Apple’s new headset will probably look like based on earlier leaked information, featuring an Apple Watch-style adjustable headband and AirPods Max reminiscent mesh cushion for comfort around the wearer’s eyes.
Image: Ian Zelbo