“Reality Pro” VR headset from Apple is expected to launch in the fall
Apple will present its highly anticipated mixed reality headset this spring, with consumer deliveries beginning in the fall of 2023.
Following Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo’s remarks last week, the report states that issues with software development and mechanical components have forced Apple to delay shipment until the latter half of 2023. Kuo also predicted that Apple would announce its headset either in the spring or at its developer event, which typically takes place in June.
Apple’s anticipated headset would utilize a brand-new operating system known as xrOS and that the company had already granted access to the platform to a select group of software developers. The report says that the headset will be called Reality Pro. Apple uses the “Pro” appendage on all of its power-user-focused, higher-end products.
With its iOS and iPadOS operating systems, Apple has already experimented with mixed, virtual, and augmented reality. Companies and developers can use Apple’s software to allow users to try on glasses and model furniture purchases in their own homes.
However, an upcoming Apple headset would represent an entry into a new product line that would place Apple directly in competition with Mark Zuckerberg’s Meta. Meta has spent billions of dollars to build out Zuckerberg’s vision for the metaverse, much to the dismay of investors. However, Apple’s mixed reality offering will differ from Meta’s Quest line, which is a product that only supports virtual reality. Instead of completely replacing a user’s environment with a computer-generated view, mixed reality adds to it.
According to the report, Apple has focused most of its efforts on the headset, and as a result, a lot of the company’s other products, such as its MacBooks, Watch, TV, and iPads, will only see minor updates this year.