Apple’s Mixed Reality Headset Believed To Be Delayed Until 2023
Apple has been rumored to have plans to launch a VR/AR mixed reality headset for a number of years and expectation was high that it would finally be announced during WWDC in June.
That now seems unlikely following a new report by Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman that says Apple has had to delay its plans.
Citing an unnamed source, Gurman says that Apple has delayed its headset until 2023 due to various production issues including overheating — the same problem that put paid to the infamous AirPower wireless charging pad. Software and camera problems are thought to be some of the reasons for the recent delay, too.
The headset — a high-end device that blends virtual and augmented reality — was targeted for an unveiling at Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference in June, followed by a release later in the year. But development challenges related to overheating, cameras and software have made it harder to stay on track, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the matter is private.
It was thought that Apple would announce the headset during WWDC and make it available later this year. It now seems likely that we will be waiting until June 2023 for that announcement with late-2023 and early-2024 being the expected release window.
The new headset is likely to sport as many as three different displays as well as an M-series chip similar to those used in Macs — something that might explain some of the overheating issues Apple is reportedly struggling with.