Rumors that Apple is working on a top-secret mixed reality headset have exploded in recent months. Excitingly, they have just received another boost from respected reporter Mark Gurman, who claims Apple will be showing the device at a face-to-face event within "the next few months".
In a newsletter about the future events of Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), Gurman wrote, “Sometime in the next few months the company will introduce a mixed reality headset, the first major new device since 2015. If possible, Apple won I don't want to make such a critical announcement at an online event. She wants employees, media, partners and developers in the room. "
Interestingly, the WWDC itself falls within this period, as it is slated to begin on June 7th of this year. Before we all get too excited though, this year's WWDC event will be digital only, which apparently rules it out for the mixed reality headset reveal.
Traditionally, the next event Apple usually hosts after WWDC is the iPhone announcement in September. This is a plausible contender for the reveal, as it would allow Apple to demonstrate how the headset works with brand new iPhones and other Apple devices. At the same time, the September event is usually pretty busy so we might be looking at a standalone event devoted entirely to the headset.
If the device is actually revealed in 2021, we would expect it to launch in 2022 to give developers time to finalize their apps. Gurman, trusted analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, and The Information news agency all set their expected release date to be 2022. In terms of price, Kuo has claimed the product will cost $ 1,000 – much less than The Information's suggested price of $ 3,000.
According to the rumor mill, the Apple headset will combine augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) functions. It will reportedly be completely wireless, have dual 8K displays and eye tracking, and be powered by a custom chip developed by Apple that matches (or surpasses) the M1 chip on the current MacBook Pro. With all of these features seemingly in the works, this year's announcement can't come soon enough.