Rumors have swirled for years about Apple releasing some kind of virtual reality / augmented reality headset. While reports had pegged a possible 2022 release for the company’s first mixed reality headset, the device is hitting some development snags and may not release until 2023.
Apple planned to reveal the headset at this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference, but “development challenges related to overheating, cameras and software have made it harder to stay on track,”. The issues mean the reveal may happen at the end of the year — or even later — with the headset going on sale in 2023. And Apple had apparently, at one point, planned to reveal the device even earlier; According to credible reports the company wanted to announce it in 2021 and ship it in 2022.
This first headset is expected to be high-end, with Apple considering prices above $2,000. Initial specification sheets have indicated two processors, and at least one will be “on par” with the new M1 Pro chip that’s available with the company’s refreshed MacBook Pros. Analyst Ming-chi Kuo has also reported that the device will have two chips with one being M1-adjacent. Previous reports have also said that the headset will have two 4K OLED microdisplays, 3D sensors for hand tracking, among other advanced components, all of which could be contributing to the rumored high price.