Apple’s mixed reality headset might come in June

Apple’s mixed reality headset is coming this year, but getting there hasn’t been easy, costing Apple some new features in the upcoming iOS 17 and iPadOS 17 operating systems.

So says Mark Gurman of Bloomberg, who details Apple’s plans for 2023 in the latest issue of his “Power On” newsletter.

Gurman claims that after several delays, Apple is finally gearing up to launch its mixed reality headset ahead of the company’s Worldwide Developers Conference in June. He has a likely name for the device, Reality Pro, while the name for the operating system it runs on, codenamed Borealis, will likely be xrOS. The product, which is already in the hands of a “small number of high-profile software developers” for testing purposes, could hit stores in the fall of 2023.

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This aligns with Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo’s recent report, which said the mixed reality headset would likely be delayed to the second half of 2023 due to “software-related issues.”

The headset will likely be an expensive, high-end device, and will come with an Apple M2 chip, 10+ cameras inside and out, and very high-resolution displays.

To get there, Apple reportedly had to leverage some resources from other divisions, which could mean the company has less to show for other products. Gurman says the upcoming iOS 17 and iPadOS 17, as well as macOS 14, will feature fewer major changes than originally planned.

As for other upcoming products, Gurman claims there will be new MacBook Pros in the first half of 2023, but the rumored 12-inch MacBook isn’t coming. A high-end configuration for the upcoming Mac Pro has also been scrapped, while a larger iMac Pro is unlikely to see the light of day until late 2023 or 2024.

Apple’s iPads and Apple Watch won’t see any major changes aside from minor performance gains, Gurman claims, and Apple TV and AirPods are unlikely to get any updates at all this year. A larger HomePod could be coming back (the original was discontinued in March 2021), with a lower price, an updated touch control panel on top, and the S8 chip seen in the latest versions of the Apple Watch.

Finally, there is Apple’s flagship product – the iPhone. While the changes on the software side will be more modest than expected, Gurman says the new iPhone hardware could be impressive. The Dynamic Island should appear on all four upcoming models, although only the Pro variants get a new titanium frame and haptic volume buttons. New iPhones will finally get the USB-C charging port instead of Lightning, likely because Apple has no choice but to make the switch in Europe.

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Zack Zwiezen

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