Apple is “likely” to release its long-rumored mixed reality headset in January 2023 at the earliest, according to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.
one in detailed post on mediumKuo pointed out that Apple’s headset will be a “game changer” for the augmented reality and virtual reality markets. Describing some of the headset’s features, Kuo said that while Apple has repeatedly focused its attention on AR, the headset will provide “a great immersive experience” and a “seamless video” mode. The headset is expected to drive demand for immersive multimedia entertainment and gaming experiences.
Kuo said the device is “the most complex product Apple has ever designed,” leading Apple to use components from many of its existing suppliers. Kuo also believes that Apple will be an industry leader in the headphone space, have a “significant competitive advantage” and not be required to join the Metaverse Standards Forum. Specifically, Kuo believes rivals will compete to imitate Apple’s headphones when they are released, “taking the headphone hardware industry into the next phase of rapid growth.”
While it was widely believed that Apple’s headphones were due to launch this year, a report from bloombergMark Gurman of Mark Gurman questioned the possibility of the device emerging this year due to development issues. According to digittimesApple completed major production tests on the headphones in February 2022, and reportedly plans to start mass production around August or September. Therefore, Kuo’s prediction of lunch in January 2023 seems to be in line with other rumours.
Regardless of the exact timing, Apple’s headphone project is considered “near liftoff,” with the device mirroring the Apple Watch’s development timeline in the period leading up to its release. Apple’s work on the headset’s operating system “RealityOS” has been rumored since 2017, but the operating system’s existence was confirmed when references to it were found in App Store upload logs and open source code. Manzana.
The headset is rumored to feature a lightweight design, two 4K micro-OLED displays, 15 optical modules, two main processors, Wi-Fi 6E connectivity, eye tracking, object tracking and hand gesture control, and more. The estimated price of the device is not yet clear, but some reports suggest that it could be priced around $3,000.