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Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said in a tweet thread today that ongoing delays with development of Apple's mixed-reality headset have likely pushed mass shipment of the device back to the end of the second quarter or into the third quarter of this year.
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Concept render by Ian Zelbo based on purported leaked information

As a result, Apple probably will not hold a January event to introduce the device as Kuo had predicted last June. Kuo now believes it is "more likely" the headset will be introduced at a spring media event or at WWDC in June.


Kuo says the development delays with the headset currently stem from "issues with mechanical drop testing and the availability of software development tools."

An extensive report from The Information earlier this week detailed a long list of features for the long-rumored device, including a Digital Crown-like dial for transitioning between virtual and physical view modes and potentially a waist-mounted battery pack.

Article Link: Kuo: Apple's Mixed-Reality Headset Likely to Debut at Spring Media Event or WWDC
 

Mr. Dee

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I don’t know how he even came up with January in the first place. Maybe he thought this was history repeating itself similar to iPhone in January 2007 and launch in June 2007. This is a different company. WWDC would have been the most logical environment to launch this to really ignite application development with fall launch to follow. For me personally, I still don’t see how having this thing strapped to your head is gonna be a game changer. Yeah, if it was like a Rayban, sure, but not ski goggles.
 

Michael Scrip

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I know that image is just representative... but it always reminds me of ski goggles.

I've worn ski goggles. To ski. When it's cold outside.

But I can't imagine wearing something like that indoors. For hours a day.

I'm genuinely curious to see how this next phase of computing will shape up.

🤔

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rmcq

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WWDC or earlier if it’s ready, with lots of WWDC devoted to development for it.

And it will be called the Apple Lens, which is great because finally people will learn that lens isn’t spelt “lense”.
 

bodonnell202

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I know that image is just representative... but it always reminds me of ski goggles.

I've worn ski goggles. To ski. When it's cold outside.

But I can't imagine wearing something like that indoors. For hours a day.

I'm genuinely curious to see how this next phase of computing will shape up.

🤔

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I personally think it’s going to be a niche device. It won’t sell in big numbers at all as it’s a solution looking for a problem, and most folks won’t want that strapped to their head for long.
 

ratspg

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I personally think it’s going to be a niche device. It won’t sell in big numbers at all as it’s a solution looking for a problem, and most folks won’t want that strapped to their head for long.
If it ends up as reading glasses or sunglasses then I think it stands a chance for mass adoption. Otherwise a joke. Unless…. You’re born in the matrix.
 

klasma

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I know that image is just representative... but it always reminds me of ski goggles.

I've worn ski goggles. To ski. When it's cold outside.

But I can't imagine wearing something like that indoors. For hours a day.

I'm genuinely curious to see how this next phase of computing will shape up.

🤔

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They’ll be significantly heavier than ski goggles too.
 

bodonnell202

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If it ends up as reading glasses or sunglasses then I think it stands a chance for mass adoption. Otherwise a joke. Unless…. You’re born in the matrix.
Could be a few years yet then. VR for games, virtual tours and a new way to watch cat videos and AR as a new method to bombard us with advertisements constantly. Doesn’t really feel like the next big thing to me. 🤷‍♂️
 
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