Mixed-reality headset from Apple is ‘likely’ to come out in January 2023, Kuo predicts

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According to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple’s rumoured mixed-reality headset is “expected” to be released in January 2023 and will have a “significant impact” on the headset market as a whole.

As Kuo noted in a blog post published on Thursday, he has high hopes for the near future of the augmented reality and virtual reality industries. Specifically, he focuses on how Meta will compete when Apple joins the arena.

A “game-changer for the headgear business,” according to Kuo, is what the future Apple VR product may be. He went on to say that the headset industry’s quick growth will be accelerated by the device’s release “likely” in early 2023.

“Although Apple has constantly stated its focus on AR, I believe Apple AR/MR supporting video see-thru might also deliver an exceptional immersive experience,” Kuo said. Thus, the advent of AR/MR by Apple will increase the demand for immersive gaming and multimedia entertainment even further.

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According to the analyst, Apple’s AR/MR headset will be the “most intricate product” it has ever worked on, which is why so many current vendors are involved in the supply chain.

Additionally, Kuo noted that Apple’s position in the industry gives them various benefits, including the ability to avoid joining the Metaverse Standards Forum.

“After Apple launches the AR/MR headset, I anticipate Apple’s worldwide rivals will compete to mimic it,” he says, “driving the headset hardware sector to the next stage of rapid growth and helping the linked services and content ecosystem.”

Many people had hoped that Apple would make an announcement or debut the AR/MR device at WWDC 2022, but that didn’t end up being the case. However, a rumour from May said that Apple’s mixed-reality headgear had reached an “advanced” stage of development and might be released as early as 2023.

Virtual and mixed-reality experiences and games are expected to be the primary focus of the headset, rather than augmented reality glasses like Apple’s “Apple Glass,” which is currently in development.

A pair of 4K OLED panels, 15 camera modules, and a powerful CPU more akin to the M1 than Apple’s A-series are all expected. It’s going to cost roughly $3,000, according to the current estimates.

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