According to reports, Apple’s augmented reality (AR) headset will be available in the first quarter of next year.
Supply chain issues, as well as the fact that the tech giant does not want to release its first AR device in limited quantities, pushed the company to push back the release date yet again.
Apple’s mixed reality headset will almost certainly use a new in-house processor designed specifically for the headset, similar to how Apple’s M1 series of chips for the Mac was designed when Apple moved away from Intel. The headset is expected to support both virtual reality and augmented reality, with up to ten sensors, eye tracking, and hand tracking. According to analysts, the headset could cost up to $3000.
According to the report, Apple’s in-house developed processor will be one of the primary differentiators between its mixed reality headset and its competitors. Sony, Will Semi, Sunny Optical, and other component suppliers are expected to benefit from the device’s inclusion of more than ten sensors (including cameras).
According to what we know so far, the release of Apple’s augmented reality headset in 2023 appears to be more likely. Although Cupertino may show the device later this year, it will not be available for purchase until early 2023. This is something Apple has done before, most notably with the Apple Watch and the HomePod, so it isn’t entirely out of the question.