Exciting Apple AR/VR headset details emerge as an industry insider speaks out
Ming-Chi Kuo predicts that Apple's AR/VR headset will be released at the end of 2022.
Apple has been working on its AR/VR headset for many years, and we may finally be seeing the fruits of its labor, according to highly respected Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has reportedly confirmed a few details about the system, including that it will launch in 2022.
The legendary Apple watcher has issued an analyst note (via 9to5Mac) predicting that the AR/VR headset will be available in limited quantities late in 2022. Indeed, Kuo describes the launch as "postponed," implying that Apple has encountered difficulties.
According to Kuo, significant shipments of the headset will begin in Q1 2023, implying that there will be a rush to get one when they are released. It may also imply that customers will not receive a headset in their stocking.
WHAT ELSE DO WE KNOW?
According to MacRumors, who cited the same Kuo note, the headset will include "3P pancake lenses," allowing light to reflect between the lenses and display. The design will assist Apple in reducing the bulk of the headset, which has been a source of concern for others.
Other details are known based on previous Apple AR/VR headset rumors. The emphasis is on three areas: gaming, entertainment, and FaceTime, and Apple is reportedly commissioning VR-specific shows, which we're excited to try.
The headset's existence apart from the iPhone (or Mac) is still being debated, with some believing that Apple is waiting for the hardware to be ready to support itself.
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