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Apple is aiming to announce a mixed-reality headset at an in-person event sometime in the "next several months," according to Bloomberg's Mark Gurman.

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In a newsletter outlining the possible future of the company's WWDC conference taking place in an in-person format, Gurman says that Apple aims to release a mixed-reality headset, the first major new device since 2015, at an in-person sometime in the "next several months." Apple last held an in-person event in September of 2019. All events since have been held digitally due to the global health crisis.
Sometime in the next several months, the company is poised to announce a mixed reality headset, its first major new device since 2015. If possible, Apple won't want to make such a critical announcement at an online event. It wants employees, the media, its partners and developers in the room.
Bloomberg has previously reported that Apple's first AR/VR headset will be a high-end, pricey, and "niche" device aimed at developers. Internally, Apple believes it could sell just one headset per day at its retail locations. If the expectation comes true, it will sell just around 180,000 units a year at its 500 stores.

Bloomberg has previously stated that Apple is aiming for a product launch as soon as next year. Given today's new information, Apple may preannounce the headset to give developers time to prepare for the new VR experience. Apple made a similar move with its announcement of Apple Silicon for the Mac, in which it announced the transition at WWDC in June, months before it released the first Macs with its own chip in order to give developers time to prepare their apps.

The headset is rumored to include dual 8K displays, eye-tracking, and more than a dozen cameras for tracking hand movements. The headset would be a direct competitor to others already on the market, such as Facebook's Oculus Rift, which has largely been used for gaming.

After the initial headset, Apple's planning to release a more mainstream augmented reality product. According to Bloomberg, that product, informally dubbed Apple Glasses, is still "several years away," however. For everything we know about Apple's AR/VR plans, head over to our dedicated roundup.

Article Link: Apple Aiming to Announce Mixed-Reality Headset With In-Person Event in 'Next Several Months'
 

jefhai

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I want high quality full desktop experience with Apples AR/VR...

Better not just be a single row of app icons hahaha 🤣
 
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Mr. 123

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Don't have much interest or knowledge about this headset but am looking forward to Apple Glass. Unless you play games, not sure what this kind of headset would be used for.
 
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nwcs

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For consumers, it is somewhat of a solution looking for a problem. In select use cases it's handy but I don't see it solving real user problems except in those select use cases.
 
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jefhai

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For consumers, it is somewhat of a solution looking for a problem. In select use cases it's handy but I don't see it solving real user problems except in those select use cases.
Except it replaces every screen you ever own... just pair your accessories (mouse keyboard controller pencil)... You will never have to own a TV, Phone, Watch, iPad, Monitors, projector etc...
 
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rp2011

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VR/AR is pretty cool (though niche) technology. If Apple’s headsets are at least as good as some of the current VR headsets, the waves Apple can make will raise all boats and benefit the entire industry.
 
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"Apple made a similar move with its announcement of Apple Silicon for the Mac" - a better analogy would be Apple Watch since that, too, was an entirely new system. Apple pre-announced the new device about 9 months before the watch actually became available.
 
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rp2011

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"Apple made a similar move with its announcement of Apple Silicon for the Mac" - a better analogy would be Apple Watch since that, too, was an entirely new system. Apple pre-announced the new device about 9 months before the watch actually became available.
Yep, and this device will be far more dependent on third party software for it to be truly successful. The sooner they get this in the hands of developers the better. Though it does pose a risk of competitors getting tipped off on Apple’s plans and technologies.
 
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DZakDad

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"In a newsletter outlining the possible future of the company's WWDC conference taking place in an in-person format".

Well that ain't happening.

Would Apple even release a product that would be that niche?
 
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The same company that was suppose to deliver Airpower, Airtags years ago and had to deliver a downgraded Airpod max is coming out with a new headset device this year...right.
 
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rp2011

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I don't see how this is even remotely worth their time. VR is nothing but a vomit-inducing gimmick and is not nearly immersive enough to be worth it.

Why would Apple even bother in this space?
Games are by far the most popular category on the app store. The video game market is valed at over $160 billion dollars.
If the apps and technologies are there, i expect to see these under every Christmas tree with kids under 40.
 
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