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Kuo: Apple's AR/VR headset has been delayed

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What you need to know

  • Apple's VR headset has suffered a production setback.
  • A new report says it will begin production of Q4 2022, rather than Q2.
  • It could signal the device won't be released until 2023.

A new report claims that Apple's VR headset has now been delayed, with production not starting until the end of 2022.

In a new research note seen by iMore Ming-Chi Kuo writes:

Apple's industrial design standards for AR/MR head-mounted display devices are much higher than those of competitors' products, and they want to have complete software, ecology and services when they are launched, so the mass production schedule may be postponed from 2Q22 to the end of 4Q22.

As noted, Kuo puts this delay down to Apple's desire to release the best VR headset ever, with software and hardware in perfect harmony with each other and the rest of Apple's ecosystem. He further notes that creating a virtual or mixed-reality headset is much more complicated than making products like Apple's best iPhones, such as the iPhone 13, because they are worn by the user and have lots of design details to make them comfortable.

The report further says that Apple "will target diversified applications for head-mounted display devices, rather than just gaming applications" further complicating development.

Kuo says mass production will start at the end of Q4 in 2022, and that supply chains will see the revenue benefit in 2023, this could indicate we might not see the headset released until 2023.

Numerous reports indicate Apple is working on a VR headset. Some rumors say the device will come with two 8K displays and cost as much as $3,000. Others have put the price closer to $1,000, with mixed reports of either a standalone device or a headset reliant on an iPhone.

The news comes following Apple's recent 'Unleashed' event where it unveiled the new mini-LED MacBook Pro, AirPods 3 and its stunning new Apple silicon chips.

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1 Comment
  • "Numerous reports indicate Apple is working on a VR headset. Some rumors say the device will come with two 8K displays". No other VR or mixed reality headset has or uses dual 8k displays, and considering Apple doesn't make any displays, then its fair to say Apples first VR/XR headset is not going to use dual 8k displays. Also think about it for a moment. The resolution on one 8k display is 4 times the resolution of a single 4k display. So driving dual 8k displays is equivalent to driving eight(8) 4k displays. Thats not happening, period. The best resolution today for a VR headset is dual 4k displays, and they talk about that being an 8k VR headset, which is really only half the resolution of one 8k display. 'The report further says that Apple "will target diversified applications for head-mounted display devices, rather than just gaming applications" further complicating development.' Yeah, I don't believe that point either. Unless this is a MR headset, and even then most people are going to use this at home, or in a business setting at a desk, because its not going to look like glasses, and if it has cameras on the outside, then its not going to be small either. The smallest VR headset today is from HTC's new Vive Flow, and it weighs in at only 189 grams, and it costs $649.