Apple’s long-rumored mixed reality headset, which will reportedly offer a combination of augmented and virtual reality experiences, “will likely be released in January 2023,” according to respected Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. In a new analyst note seen by 9to5MacKuo notes that the headset is “the most complicated product Apple has ever designed,” but that its release could contribute to the “rapid growth” in the head-mounted display market.
This is far from the first time Kuo has predicted when Apple’s headset could be released, but previous predictions had much wider release windows. Last year, he said we could see the headset release sometime in 2022 (which seems unlikely now), and just this month, he predicted a release could come sometime in the second quarter of next year. This isn’t a guarantee of an announcement in January (Apple’s plans could change, or Kuo’s supply chain sources could be wrong), but listing a specific month is a strong vote of confidence from the analyst. .
It also coincides with a lot of reported headset activity at Apple. The company’s board of directors reportedly tried out the headset in early May, mentions of the headset’s RealityOS software are popping up in Apple’s code and appearing in trademark applications, and Apple CEO Tim Cook recently teased the upcoming augmented reality announcements.
Numerous reports over the years have attempted to shed light on Apple’s elusive headset. According to a recent report in The information† Internally, it will reportedly have a processor with a similar amount of processing power to M1 chips found in recent Macs, but when it comes to power, it’s unclear whether the battery can be worn on the user’s body or in the headset. itself is built-in.
While Kuo predicts that Apple is about to make a big leap into the mixed reality headset space, he expects its main competitor Meta to step back, 9to5Mac reports. Kuo expects the company, formerly known as Facebook, to reduce its investment in VR hardware in the near term to focus on its advertising business. That’s despite Meta recently showing off a host of VR headset prototypes it’s working on.