Apple is considering pushing back its launchAt least for a few months, according to a Bloomberg report.
Citing “people familiar with the situation,” Bloomberg said Apple was planning to unveil the headset at its annual worldwide developers conference in June, then put it on sale later in the year. Development challenges involving overheating, cameras and software have made it difficult to stick to those targets, according to sources, who asked not to be identified because the matter is private, Bloomberg said.
Sources said the delay could push the announcement to the end of this year or later, with the product hitting shelves by 2023. An Apple spokeswoman declined to comment to Bloomberg. Apple did not immediately return an email to Nerdshala seeking comment.
The headset is rumored to be a high-end device that includes both virtual and augmented reality. According to other Bloomberg sources with knowledge of the matter, Apple hasn’t discussed it publicly, but the product has taken years to build and has already been delayed.
The hope is to create a product with more appeal than existing augmented reality goggles, which let users superimpose data and imagery on top of real-world scenes. Previous AR headsets made by other companies have failed to gain traction with consumers. VR headsets, which provide an immersive experience, have been more successful, but still haven’t grown far beyond a core group of gamers.