Apple’s mixed reality headset is reportedly set to make its debut at the company’s annual WWDC developer conference in June. According to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, the company has pushed back the reveal of its headset from April to June to give its teams more time to polish the hardware and software.
“Apple made the decision to delay the launch earlier this month after product testing showed that both hardware and software issues still needed to be ironed out,” Bloomberg learned from its sources. The report also says that Dan Riccio, Apple’s former SVP of Hardware Engineering who’s now overseeing the development of the headset “has become increasingly involved in the endeavor in recent weeks as the company looks to resolve remaining issues.”
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Gurman believes that Apple’s mixed reality headset has been in the works since 2015 and that the company currently plans to launch it before the end of the year. The headset is expected to feature an M2 chip, 4K displays, and multiple sensors to track hand and eye movements.
“Apple has been working to fix issues with sensors on the device to enable the hand and eye control mechanism. It’s also trying to strike a balance between battery life and performance,” Gurman wrote. The headset is said to be using an external battery pack that users will be able to put inside a pocket, though this battery may only last for two hours.
With an expected $3,000 launch price, Apple’s first mixed reality headset may be a tough sell unless there are some game-changing features we don’t know about yet. The company is reportedly working on a cheaper headset that could be released as soon as next year, and maybe that’s when the new product line will really take off.