According to noted Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple’s long-rumored mixed reality headgear, which is expected to provide a blend of augmented and virtual reality experiences, will “likely” be released in January 2023. “The most sophisticated device Apple has ever created,” according to a recent analyst, is the headset, but its introduction might help drive “rapid expansion” in the market for head-mounted displays.
However, this isn’t the first time that Kuo has forecast the release date of Apple’s next headgear. Until recently, he projected that the headgear will be introduced sometime in the second quarter of 2019. Despite the fact that Apple’s plans may alter or Kuo’s supply chain sources may be incorrect, this is a strong indication of the analyst’s confidence in a January release.
It also corresponds with a flurry of activity inside Apple in relation to the headgear, as has been widely reported. RealityOS software has been mentioned in Apple’s code and trademark filings, and CEO Tim Cook recently hinted to impending augmented reality announcements. The company’s board of directors allegedly tested the device in early May.
Apple’s enigmatic headgear has been the subject of several stories over the years. According to a recent article in The Information, it would purportedly function independently of a computer and have up to 14 cameras to monitor its movements. While the headset’s CPU is expected to have the same computing capability as the M1 processors seen in current Macs, we don’t know yet whether the headset’s battery will be wearable or built into it.
However, according to 9to5Mac, Kuo expects Apple to make a huge impression in the mixed reality headset market while Meta takes a step back. He believes that Facebook will reduce its near-term investment in VR gear in order to concentrate more on its ad revenue. This, despite Meta recently showing off a number of VR headgear prototypes it is developing.