The Wall Street Journal On Friday It outlined what to expect from Apple’s long-rumored AR/VR headset project, confirming a few details it previously reported. BloombergMark Gurman and InformationWayne Ma.
The report says that Apple plans to introduce the headset at WWDC in June, and that many of the sessions at the conference will focus on software development for the headset. However, the news outlet claims that mass production of the headset is not expected to begin until September due to production delays. Apple is said to be “expecting some manufacturing issues” with the headset, but no specific details.
The headset is expected to have a built-in display for virtual reality, while outward-facing cameras will allow users to view the real world inside the headset with augmented reality overlays. This combination is known as “mixed reality”.
Other details confirmed by the report include the headset being “experimental” and “unconventional” compared to other Apple products, costing around $3,000, and an external battery pack mounted on the waist. FaceTime, Apple Fitness+ and gaming could be the three main use cases for the headset, the report adds.
While it remains to be seen what the headset’s biggest selling point will be, according to some of the sources cited in the report, its capabilities “far exceed those of its competitors.” Apple’s headphones are said to offer a “higher level of performance and immersion” than some competing devices, such as Facebook parent company Meta’s Quest Pro headphones.
WWDC kicks off on June 5th with Apple’s keynote, which means it’s likely a few weeks until Apple’s headphones are finally unveiled to the public.
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