Apple could further delay the launch of its first headset.
A recent article states: Wall Street Journal confirmed many details of the Apple’s “Reality Pro” headset. Citing sources close to the company, the report states that the AR/VR headset will feature a ski goggle design, an external battery and more.
Many of the details reported today by the Wall Street Journal confirm rumors by other leakers, with the viewer scheduled for presentation at the next WWDC 2023 on June 5th.
The article reiterates that the Apple headset will use an approach mixed realityThis allows users to “experience their virtual worlds through the screen in the glasses” while still seeing the “physical world around them, thanks to the outward-facing cameras”.
Despite the expected presentation at WWDC, today’s report indicates that the headset won’t be available for most users until next fall at the earliest. Really, Mass production could not begin until December. In the meantime, Apple may make demo devices available to developers and selected journalists.
Though mass production is months away, WSJ sources say people at Apple and in the company’s supply chain are concerned further delays.
Some Apple employees and suppliers have questioned whether the launch could be delayed given the challenges of integrating the headset with new software, its manufacturing and the yet-to-be-released market. Apple could still make changes to its schedule.
The preliminary launch of the headset with well-known hurdles goes against Apple’s usual way of presenting products to the world as fully operational and functional. The estimated price of $3,000 is unaffordable for many consumers and the company is already struggling with some production issues.
In terms of physical product design, the WSJ confirms that Apple’s Reality Pro will use an external battery. The headset “closes the user’s eyes completely, like goggles can,” preventing users from seeing their surroundings directly as they would with regular goggles.
The report also offers interesting details about Apple’s previous plans for the first version of its headset, citing former employees who worked on the project. History confirms that an earlier idea was to wirelessly connect the headset to a base station to reduce the high computational overhead. As previously reported, Jony Ive apparently scrapped this idea early on in the design work.