Kuo calls the Mixed Reality headset the most complicated product Apple has ever built
In fact, the analyst believes that with Meta slowing down, it could provide an opening for other companies to get involved in VR technology. While Meta is dealing with Apple’s incorporation into the industry, Kuo credits the company as key to growth in the VR headset business.
Apple’s Mixed Reality handset could hit shelves just before WWDC 2023 kicks off in June
As for Apple, Kuo calls its VR/AR headset “the most complicated product Apple has ever designed”. The most recent word on the headset is that it will be a standalone device and handle all of its own processing rather than passing it on to the iPhone. Chips with the computing power of Apple’s M1 component are said to be involved in the device. As many as 14 cameras will follow the movement of the product, which can be sold for a whopping $3,000 and runs on the new reality operating system.
The EVT test comes after a prototype has been selected and multiple versions of the device have been produced that have both the functionality and appearance of the finished product. It is estimated that as many as 50 pieces of the headset were made during this process (check local bars to see if any were left “accidentally” on the floor). Kuo expects pre-orders of the headset to begin in the second quarter of 2023, with the product hitting store shelves just before WWDC 2023, which could take place in early June of next year.
After the Mixed Reality handset comes Apple’s next big thing!
After the release of the Mixed Reality headset, as early as 2024, Apple could be ready to ship its next big thing. Apple Glass, AR-controlled glasses, has long been considered Apple’s possible successor to the iPhone. As with Google Glass, Apple Glass could provide users with many of the same capabilities as the iPhone, but instead of holding a screen in your hands, the screen would be viewed through your lens.