Apple’s Long-Awaited Mixed Reality Headset Might Come in June
Apple's mixed-reality headgear will be available this year, but the journey has not been smooth, and it has cost Apple some new capabilities in the future iOS 17 and iPadOS 17 operating systems.
According to Bloomberg's Mark Gurman, who has an in-depth analysis on Apple's intentions for 2023 in the newest issue of his "Power On" newsletter.
According to Gurman, Apple is now getting ready to introduce its mixed reality headset ahead of the company's Worldwide Developers Conference in June, after several delays. He has a likely name for the device, Reality Pro, and the operating system it runs, codenamed Borealis, will most likely be xrOS. The gadget, which is already being tested by a "limited group of high-profile software engineers," might enter shelves in the fall of 2023.
This is consistent with the most recent claim from Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who stated that the mixed reality headgear will most likely be delayed until the second half of 2023 owing to "software-related concerns."
The headgear will most likely be a high-end, expensive device with an Apple M2 chip, more than ten cameras on the inside and outside, and extremely high-resolution screens.
Apple apparently had to use resources from other divisions to get there, which could imply the corporation will have less to offer when it comes to other goods. According to Gurman, the future iOS 17, iPadOS 17, and macOS 14 will feature fewer big changes than initially planned.
In terms of other impending items, Gurman predicts that new MacBook Pros will be available in the first half of 2023, but the reported 12-inch MacBook will not be available. A high-end version for the next Mac Pro has also been canceled, and a larger iMac Pro is unlikely to be released until late 2023 or 2024.
According to Gurman, Apple's iPads and Apple Watch will only see minor performance improvements this year, and Apple TV and AirPods will likely not be updated at all. A larger HomePod (the original was retired in March 2021) with a cheaper price, a redesigned touch control panel on top, and the S8 chip featured in the most recent iterations of Apple Watch could be released.
Finally, there's the iPhone, Apple's flagship product. Even though the software upgrades may be more modest than predicted, Gurman believes the new iPhone hardware will be stunning. The Dynamic Island is expected to appear on all four forthcoming models, albeit only the Pro variations will receive a redesigned titanium frame and haptic volume buttons. New iPhones will eventually have a USB-C charging port rather than a Lightning port, most likely because Apple has no choice but to make the changeover in Europe.