Apple’s Mixed Reality Headset May Be Delayed By 2023, Missing Expected 2022

While some had hoped that Apple would release its highly anticipated mixed reality headset later this year, a new report suggests we may have to wait until early 2023 before anything becomes available.

A report by Jeff Pu of Highting International Securities, viewed by 9 to 5 MacClaims that the headset will not be ready until the first quarter of next year after initial rumors pointing to an announcement in the second half of 2022.

The same report further states that Apple will use an in-house chip to help differentiate the new headset from the competition.

In a report by 9to5Mac, Pu noted that Apple’s new headset may face some delays for the first quarter of 2023. Analysts also believe that Apple will sell 1 million to 1.5 million units of its new headset in its first year.

The report further states that the in-house designed chip will be one of the main distinguishing features of Apple’s mixed reality headset against its competitors. The device is expected to integrate more than 10 sensors (including cameras), which will benefit Sony, Will Semi, Sunny Optical and other parts suppliers.

Rumor has it that the AR / VR headset is already expected to feature Apple Silicon somehow, something that will definitely help push the price higher than many. Some rumors have it that the first iteration of the new headset will cost as much as 3,000, which will keep a large portion of Apple’s customer base out of range.

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