UPDATED 11:55 EDT / FEBRUARY 16 2023


Apple reportedly delays reveal of mixed reality headset until June at WWDC

Apple Inc. will reportedly delay the planned reveal of its much-anticipated mixed reality headset from April until June.

According to a source speaking to Bloomberg Wednesday, the company chose to delay the introduction of the product until the company’s World Wide Developer Conference due to hardware and software issues. The headset was initially expected to be unveiled during its own dedicated event in the spring.

This is yet another postponement for the MR headset in a long line of delays. The project’s existence has been rumored for years but stymied by internal politics and technical issues. It was suspected that it might have been revealed at last year’s WWDC, but the same issues pushed it to this year. This delay matches an earlier report from Apple analyst Ming-chi Kuo that the headset might not make its debut until WWDC.

The high-end headset, which will mix both augmented and virtual reality, is expected to cost $3,000. According to a report on its potential features, it will provide a 120-degree field of view, similar to the Valve Index VR headset, and support dual 4K micro-OLED displays for a maximum 8K resolution.

By using auto-adjusting lenses, the headset reportedly will provide the best focus possible for wearers and allow them to insert custom prescription lenses. In order to power its mixed reality and gesture recognition, the device will also have more than a dozen high-resolution outward-facing cameras.

Under the hood, it will feature an M2 chip to power its rendering and a dedicated processor to handle its sensors. It will also use a digital crown-like dial on the side – similar to the Apple Watch – that will allow users to switch rapidly between virtual and mixed reality views.

Apple has been working on a new operating system for the headset called “xrOS,” which will focus on media and use a 3-D iPhone-like interface for users to interact with the headset. It will come complete with familiar apps such as Messages, Mail, Safari and TV. For everything else, users will be able to download them from the App Store, similar to other products.

Although most consumers may balk at the price tag, Apple is also reportedly planning a cheaper follow-up. It’s unknown what features the lower-priced model will have, but it is suspected that it will eschew the powerful but expensive M2 chip and switch it out for chips found in iPhones.

Bloomberg reported that the lower-cost headset could be released as early as 2024.

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