Apple’s first mixed-reality headset will have limited release around late 2022: Kuo

Apple's first mixed reality headset's launch seems to be pushed to the end of this year.

Highlights
  • Apple’s first mixed reality AR/VR headset will be available in limited quantities around late 2022.
  • The company could introduce it at the iPhone launch event and ship it around the end of this year.
  • The adequate supplies of the VR/AR headset will not arrive until the first quarter of 2023.

Apple’s first mixed reality headset, which will be a mix of virtual reality and augmented reality is expected to arrive around sometime later this year. Now, according to a fresh research note to investors seen by 9to5Mac, noted Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has suggested that Apple’s headset will be limited, which means it should be sold in limited quantity around late 2022. This could mean the company could launch the product at the iPhone 14 event in September but will not ship until the end of the year. The adequate supplies of the VR/AR headset will not arrive until the first quarter of 2023.

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Apple AR Headset Mockup

The Apple AR/VR headset will be available around late 2022. Kuo says there will be a delay in the production of the VR headset due to the advanced hardware and complicated design. We can speculate it will be better compared to rival products. Unfortunately, Kuo hasn’t mentioned the date for the launch or shipping date of the Apple VR/AR headset. But we’re hoping the availability, though, in limited numbers, could begin at the end of 2022, we can expect a November or December release.

Unfortunately, not much else is known about the Apple VR/AR headset at the moment, but recent rumours have said it will have a unique three-display configuration” where two are Micro OLED display, while the other is an AMOLED panel. The functionality of the three displays is unclear at the moment but rumours point to the headset having advanced sensors for environment and gesture detections. It is said to have a powerful chipset to light up three displays. Lastly, the advanced AR/VR headset from Apple is said to be priced as high as $3,000 (approx Rs 2,23,350).