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Apple's long-rumored AR/VR headset could be delayed until 2023 after being beset with issues during the development process, according to Bloomberg.

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Concept render based on purported leaked information by Ian Zelbo

Citing people familiar with Apple's plans, the report claims that Apple originally planned to launch the headset in 2021 and ship it this year. The company then set its sights on WWDC in June 2022 to launch the product, but this is reportedly now unlikely due to a number of development issues.

The headset is said to be facing issues with overheating, as well as camera and software challenges. The device is rumored to feature two chips, and Bloomberg believes that at least one of these will be on par with the M1 Pro from the latest MacBook Pro models. The thermal demands of this chip are believed to be the cause of overheating issues.

Earlier designs attempted to mitigate thermal issues by using an external processor device that would transmit data wirelessly to the headset, but Sir Jony Ive reportedly rejected the concept. Apple is currently said to have around 2,000 employees working on its AR/VR headset.

As a result of these development problems, Apple is now considering delaying the launch of the headset until late 2022 or 2023. Apple purportedly informed supply-chain partners that the device is unlikely to be released until 2023, but it is apparently still pushing vendors to have units available for the end of 2022. Cameras for the headset supplied by LG Innotek are due to begin production as early as the second quarter of this year.

The company is now believed to be planning to focus WWDC in 2023 specifically around building virtual and augmented reality apps to kickstart the device's App Store. The headset itself is still rumored to run "rOS," internally codenamed "Oak."

iOS 16, which is internally said to be codenamed "Sydney," will supposedly feature built-in support for the headset to lay the groundwork for the device. Bloomberg notes that this means Apple "could theoretically preview technical aspects of the headset or its software, without showcasing the full device" at this year's WWDC.

Apple has considered pricing the device at more than $2,000, justified by the device's more advanced display, chip, and audio technologies compared to competitors. It originally expected to sell just one headset per day per retail store, and the company's latest forecast to suppliers expects sales of seven million to 10 million units during its first year.

Article Link: Apple AR/VR Headset Potentially Delayed Until 2023 Amid Development Problems
 
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nt5672

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Just another AirPower mat all over again. Will the headset ever get released?
At least this one is not officially released yet. Maybe, but just maybe, Apple learned something about adding unfinished things to the Keynote just for headlines. We'll see.

In any case, you can expect it to be bug ridden for the first 18 months anyway. Then there will be version 2 hardware that is not compatible with version 1. Then everyone will have to upgrade hardware. Oh, and the new hardware will be more expensive, not less. Oh and you have to have a subscription to use it. And everything you view will have to be approved by Apple's content monitors (for the safety of the Children).

1984, just sayin.
 

a m u n

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Remember which other Apple product was delayed presumably due to overheating?

AirPower. Just sayin’. 😅
 

xxray

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I guess that 2022 Predictions MacRumors podcast with Mark Gurman about us “for sure” knowing a lot more about the headset by January 2023 aged poorly in only like a week. 🤣

Not criticizing MR or Mark Gurman, just think it’s ironic.
 

4jasontv

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The gear VR used to overheat like crazy. The solution was to strap ice packs to the front and change them out every 15 minutes. Talk about looking cool!
 
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Good. I'd like to keep my iPhone for a bit longer.
iPhone is here to stay for the next decade or so. I don’t think AR/VR will ever replace the iPhone. Can you imagine people walking outside with 👓 on? It’s 2022 and there are so many improvements that still that needs to be made.
 

Kylo83

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AirPower 2.0

To be fair apple haven’t announced it so not really, oculus pro will love this news
 
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