Apple‘s first-ever mixed-reality headset is due to debut this Spring and is expected to ship later in 2023. However, it could be a bumpy ride for the headset, as Apple expects that problems could arise during the manufacturing process, which could potentially delay the headset’s release.
The Wall Street Journal recently provided an update on the Apple headset, which includes details that have already been widely discussed, such as the rumoured $3,000 price tag and external battery. In addition, the report suggests that Apple is aware of potential production issues with the device.
According to a report from sources familiar with the matter, the production of the headset is delayed due to manufacturing issues, which is now scheduled for September. The report does not provide further details on the specific problem.
What Apple’s headset may look like
The initial plan was to connect the headset wirelessly to a base station to handle the heavy computation it requires. However, Jony Ive reportedly rejected this idea in the early stages.
The final version of the headset is said to look much like the skiing goggles, fully enclosing the user’s eyes for an immersive experience, and with cameras on the outside so they can watch the world outside on the headset. There will be an external battery pack, which would connect to the headset magnetically, how the battery pack attaches on iPhones using the MagSafe.
Sources cited in the report claim that Apple’s upcoming headset surpasses its competitors in terms of capabilities. The headset is said to provide enhanced performance and immersion compared to rival products such as the Quest Pro headset from Facebook’s parent company, Meta.
The team working on the headset had planned to release it multiple times in the past few years. However, they faced obstacles such as ensuring the software worked seamlessly with the hardware, which caused delays.
Apple’s headset may also have a limited availability, owing to production issues. Reports suggest that the first shipment in 2023 may only consist of 200,000 to 300,000 units, with the lower number being more likely if there are any manufacturing issues.
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