For the past several years we have been hearing reports about Apple releasing a mixed reality headset with rumors from 2018 suggesting the headset will be available in 2020. While that did not happen, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has sent out a note to investors in which he claims the Apple mixed reality headset will be released by the end of 2022.
In the note (via 9to5Mac) Kuo writes the Apple AR/VR headset’s release has been “postponed to the end of 2022” adding that the product will initially launch with limited supplies. More significant shipments of the Apple AR/VR headset are said to begin in the first quarter of 2023.
Kuo has talked about the headset at a number of occasions and in one of his previous notes he hinted at the delay in the production of the headset. The analyst believes the delay is being caused because Apple’s headset features a more advanced hardware and design than its competing products.
In the research note Kuo also states that Apple’s headset will feature two 3P pancake lenses, which will have a folded design. This folded design will allow the light to reflect back and forth between the display and lenses, and help in making the device compact and lightweight.
A late 2022 release date for the Apple mixed reality headset could mean we will see a November or December release with Apple announcing the product at its October media event.
Details about Apple’s mixed reality headset that will combine Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality are scarce however reports have suggested that it will be feature a three display configuration consisting of two Micro OLED displays and one AMOLED panel.
The headset is said to be equipped with powerful chip and advanced sensors for environment and gesture detection, and it will not be cheap with the price reaching a whopping $3,000.
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