Apple's mixed reality headset has been shown to the board as it nears release

Apple Mixed Reality Headset Vr
Apple Mixed Reality Headset Vr (Image credit: LetsGoDigital and Concept Creator)

What you need to know

  • Apple is said to have shown its upcoming mixed reality headset to the board.
  • It's thought this latest step is another example that the project is progressing towards release.

Apple's mixed reality headset is reportedly edging nearer to a release after the company showed its next big thing off to members of its board. While there is no suggestion that the headset will be announced imminently, the move is a good sign that development is progressing in a way that could see an announcement relatively soon.

Apple had previously hoped to have the headset ready to be shown to developers during next month's WWDC event, according to a Bloomberg report. But it's thought that is out of the question given issues relating to heat dissipation — the device is expected to use similar Apple silicon to the recently released Macs.

Bloomberg reports that the mixed reality headset was shown off to members of the Apple board, including CEO Tim Cook and eight others. It isn't clear what state the product was in, nor whether it was functional, but it seems unlikely that Apple would show the board something that wasn't at least well advanced in the development process.

Apple Inc. executives previewed its upcoming mixed-reality headset to the company's board last week, indicating that development of the device has reached an advanced stage, according to people with knowledge of the matter.The company's board, made up of eight independent directors and Apple Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook, convenes at least four times a year. A version of the device was demonstrated to the directors during the latest gathering, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the meeting was private.

The same report says that Apple has been increasing the development of rOS, the software that will power the headset, ahead of a release. It's also thought that the new headset will be the biggest release since the arrival of the Apple Watch in 2015.

The report also reiterates what we've already heard including the fact that a large number of people are said to be working on the project — as many as 2,000 employees are working on the new mixed reality headset. No name has leaked so far, but reports have already suggested that we should expect a price north of $2,000 for this first iteration.

Oliver Haslam
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Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.

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2 Comments
  • Good thing Eric Schmidt isn't on the board...
  • I notice that you didn't even mention anything about the rumoured 14 camera's that are on this AR/VR headset. When Google put 1 camera on their AR glasses, all the Apple zealots were up in arms, and even Rene said it was creepy and gross. Yet Apple's AR/VR headset has around 14 camera's and nonthing said? So Apple gets a pass, and Google doesn't? Okay got it.