Apple VR headset to launch in spring and ship in fall: report

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The silhouette of Tim Cook, Apple’s chief executive, at the Apple World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) in San Francisco.

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Apple The much-anticipated mixed reality headset will debut this spring, with consumer deliveries starting in the fall of 2023, Bloomberg recently reported.

The report follows comments last week from Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who reported that software development and mechanical component issues had caused Apple to delay shipments to second half of 2023. Kuo also expected Apple to announce its headset this spring. or at the company developer event, which is usually in June.

Bloomberg reported on Sunday that Apple’s long-awaited headset would run on a new operating system, called xrOS, and that Apple had already given a select group of software developers access to the high-end floor The headset is called Reality Pro, according to the report. Apple uses the suffix “Pro” across its high-end power-oriented product lines.

Apple has already explored mixed, virtual and augmented reality efforts on iOS and iPadOS, its iPhone and iPad operating systems. Apple’s software enables companies and developers to let users do anything from trying on glasses to buying furniture in their personal spaces.

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But the proposed headset from Apple would mark the entrance to a new product line that would put Apple in direct competition with Mark Zuckerberg’s Metawhich has spent billions of dollars on investors building out Zuckerberg’s vision for the metaverse

Apple’s mixed reality offering will differ from Meta’s Quest line, which is a true virtual reality product. Mixed reality augments a user’s environment, rather than replacing it entirely with a computer-generated view.

The report said that Apple has put most of its efforts on the headset and that many of the company’s other products, such as its MacBooks, Monitors, TVs and iPads will receive relatively minor updates this year as as a result.

Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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