The launch of a virtual reality headset and operating system at WWDC 22, which was one of the most hotly anticipated events of the conference, may never come to fruition, according to another analyst.
Rumors of a new augmented or mixed reality headgear, Apple’s realityOS operating system, or both, at the WWDC keynote next week have sparked a flurry of discussion.
Ming-Chi Kuo, a well-known Apple insider and supply chain analyst, said early Tuesday:
There is still a long way to go until Apple’s AR/MR headset and rumoured realityOS get into mass production, therefore I don’t expect them to be released at this year’s WWDC. Globally, competing companies are eagerly anticipating Apple’s AR/MR headset hardware specifications and OS design.
According to Kuo, if Apple does announce an AR/VR headset at WWDC 2022, its competitors “would promptly take off copycat projects and enthusiastically steal Apple’s outstanding ideas,” even beating Apple to the shelves ahead of its projected 2023 release date for Apple VR.
An Apple VR demo or presentation has been ruled out by Mark Gurman. However, Gurman did indicate at the conference that we might see a new MacBook Air with all-new Apple silicon, possibly the fabled M2 processor, Apple’s second iteration of silicon.
If the first attempt at Apple silicon is any indication, the new M2 Apple silicon MacBook Air would replace the older M1 model and has the potential to be the best MacBook that Apple has ever produced.
On Monday morning, June 6, Apple will deliver its annual keynote address to kick off WWDC, which will include announcements about iOS 16, iPadOS 16, watchOS 9, and more.
The discovery of a trademark for “realityOS” in a filing from a business linked to Apple over the weekend has sparked speculation that the timing of the discovery is only a coincidence, just a few days before Apple’s annual developer conference.