Apple's VR/AR headset shipments delayed to second half of 2023: Kuo –

05 December 2022 0
Apple was rumored to release its first-ever AR/VR headset sometime during early 2023 but a new leak suggests there will be some delays. Ming-Chi Kuo, a well-known market research analyst, has claimed Apple's VR/AR headset release may get delayed until the second half of 2023. He shared the latest bit of information through his official Twitter account.
Kuo has cited unspecified software-related issues as the reason behind the delay. The mass shipment of components is expected to begin in the early half of 2023. As for the fully assembled AR/VR headsets, mass shipments are said to begin in the second half of the year. The delayed release is expected to happen even if the Cupertino-based tech giant ends up making an official announcement early next year.
It still needs to be determined whether the media event schedule (previously estimated in January 2023) will also delay, but usually, if the time frame between the media event and end product mass shipment is too long, it's detrimental to promotion and sales.
The exact details of software issues affecting the product's release are currently unknown. However, it is not surprising to see Apple running into such issues. This is the first time the company is working on virtual reality and augmented reality-related stuff at such a big scale. We know how committed Apple is to releasing products and services that are well-polished and work as smoothly as possible.
A recent report also revealed Apple's plans to rename its mixed-reality platform to xrOS. The operating system was first rumored to be called realityOS but is now expected to release under a new name. The "XR" in the name xrOS is said to stand for Extended Reality. However, Apple has not taken a final decision yet and could end up picking any of the two names.
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