Apple’s AR/VR Headset Could Be Coming Soon

Details about Apple’s upcoming AR/VR headset and its Reality Operating System (rOS) could be revealed during WWDC in June, a report suggests.

Apple‘s AR/VR headset is one of the most hotly anticipated new products expected to arrive in the near future, but nailing down its release date has proved to be difficult. The uncertainty continues even as Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) approaches. If the rumored launch timelines are correct, Apple will be entering the world of virtual reality at the ideal time, given that Meta and other companies are working to make the technology mainstream.

Rumors about Apple creating a head-mounted augmented reality system were initially overly optimistic, predicting that the iPhone-maker might launch a product that looks like a regular pair of glasses. The name ‘Apple Glass’ has since become widely accepted, but leaks suggest that a slim and lightweight product is at least a few years away. Instead, a device that looks a bit more like current VR headsets is expected to arrive sooner.

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In a report, Bloomberg‘s Mark Gurman shared some insights into what Apple might reveal about the upcoming headset at its developer conference. As is tradition, Apple will announce the next version of iOS at WWDC, and Gurman says that the beta release of iOS 16 will have several mentions of Apple’s AR/VR headset and how it interacts with the iPhone. Apple might even give developers a glimpse of rOS (Reality Operating System), reportedly the core software of the headset. Additionally, Gurman speculates that Apple’s mixed reality headset may launch during the iOS 16 cycle, which should release in September 2022 and continue until next fall. If Gurman’s information is correct, Apple’s AR/VR hardware and software could be confirmed even if the company doesn’t officially mention the headset.


Apple’s AR/VR Headset Launch Date


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While plenty of information about Apple’s AR/VR research has been revealed in Apple patent documents, details surrounding the upcoming headset haven’t been confirmed and neither has a solid launch date. As per Bloomberg‘s report, the product is likely to be announced by the end of 2022 or 2023 at the latest, but even this is unconfirmed.

The ongoing global supply chain shortages have disrupted product development and launch cycles. For Apple, this is typically a long process for a completely new product category. However, rumors about an Apple headset surfaced at least five years ago, so even with delays, it seems likely that the product’s release is imminent. With Meta and other companies aggressively pushing AR and VR development, Apple will need to make its move sooner rather than later.


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Source: Bloomberg

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