Apple’s much-anticipated mixed reality headset – which will combine both virtual and augmented reality experiences – may now be delayed until 2023.
Apple had yet to officially confirm the existence of the headset and its release date. However, several leaks and rumors indicated that the Apple MR headset will launch in 2022 – possibly in June as part of its annual Worldwide Developers Conference lineup.
Unfortunately, Bloomberg is reporting that sources close to the project believe that may no longer be the case. It is claimed that the headset is now expected to launch next year due to delays due to continuing development issues.
Sources specifically claim that the problems with the MR headset are related to overheating, camera and software.
It’s not yet clear whether this delay will also affect Apple Glasses, which are rumored to launch sometime after the Apple headset. However, given that leaks show that the two projects have been linked in the course of their development, we wouldn’t be surprised if the specs were also hit by these same challenges.
We’re not entirely surprised by the delay. From what we’ve heard about the MR headset so far, it looks like Apple can bite off more than it can chew. It supposedly aims to create a premium-level, feature-heavy, wireless device that is as powerful as the MacBook Pro but weighs less than a third of the weight of the Oculus Quest 2 — all during a global pandemic.
There is also a chance that these delays could be due to Apple changing its approach to VR, AR and MR. We’ve heard before that Apple wants its headset to be used only in short bursts – insiders say this is due to opposition from the metaverse.
However, the prevalence of Metaverse technology at CES 2022 earlier this month and widespread consumer and business interest in the topic may have encouraged Apple executives to reconsider their stance.
We’ll have to wait and see what’s in store for us when Apple finally releases the MR headset – though it looks like we’re waiting a little longer than we thought.
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