Why Apples ARVR headset may disappoint you this year

When we can finally expect the Apple AR/VR

The Apple AR/VR glasses may be the gadget we are most looking forward to this year. But when is it coming? Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo finally has an answer to that.

For years there have been the most spectacular rumors about the Apple AR/VR. Along with the Apple Car, it is perhaps the new product from the iPhone maker that we are most looking forward to. This year is the year of the headset, but the big question is when?

Waiting for the Apple AR/VR

Many analysts assumed that we would see Apple AR/VR at the beginning of the year. Yet it seems we will have to wait a little longer if well-known and reliable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is to be believed. According to him, the company is behind schedule.

“The development of Apple’s AR/VR headset is behind schedule due to problems with mechanical components during drop testing and the availability of software development tools. That means mass shipment of the device may be delayed,” Kuo told Twitter. That could be the end of the second quarter or even the third quarter, according to him.

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As a result, it is increasingly unlikely that Apple will hold a media event for the new device in January. At this point, it seems more likely that Apple will announce the AR/MR headset at a spring media event or WWDC based on the current development progress.

– 郭明錤 (Ming-Chi Kuo) (@mingchikuo) January 6, 2023

New dates

Because the Apple AR/VR has been delayed, we won’t see the new product as early as January. Kuo now mentions two other times when we can expect to see the glasses. The first is the media event during spring. It is expected to be held on March 7 or 14.

The other opportunity for Apple to present the headset is during WWDC. This traditionally starts in the first week of June. Of course, that all depends on how quickly the problems are resolved.

Several things about the Apple AR/VR came out earlier this week. For example, the device would be getting a kind of Digital Crown that you might know from the Apple Watch. With it, you should be able to switch between a virtual and physical mode.

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