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Apple Reality headset tipped to feature 'see-through' effect and digital crown

WWDC is projected to be particularly interesting in 2023. (Source: Apple)
WWDC is projected to be particularly interesting in 2023. (Source: Apple)
Apple is expected to introduce a first-gen mixed-reality headset at its impending WWDC23 event. Now, some more potential design and function tidbits for the inaugural, allegedly Jony Ive-influenced, product have leaked out. They purport to cover its blend of virtual and augmented reality (VR and AR) applications, its potential user-friendliness and how it will be something other than a Meta Quest competitor.

Apple's supposedly upcoming "Reality", or, possibly, "Reality Pro", has been billed as the greatest risk the Cupertino giant has taken for years, if not decades. However, its top executives would, of course, prefer it were not also its greatest failure of all that time - particularly as it is now billed as a final, high-profile swansong for Dan Riccio before that executive's imminent retirement as the OEM's senior vice-president of engineering.

To this end, Apple insiders have now allegedly indicated that Riccio has deployed "utter genius" Mike Rockwell to oversee the Reality headset project. The device has also reportedly received design input from Jony Ive prior to his dissociation from the company: the one-time lynchpin designer has apparently insisted that the product integrate a Watch-esque Digital Crown for AR/VR mode-switching, as well as an "external display" that allows the user to show their eyes through the device's frontal 'visor' at will.

The headset's rumored xrOS software, overseen by 'original iOS developer' Kim Vorrath and Jim Norris, recruited from NASA/JPL to perfect the all-new product category, is now tipped to be what propels it into the mainstream - all with never a mote of "metaverse" hype in sight.

Nevertheless, the inaugural Reality variant is still thought to retail at ~US$3,000, which is where Apple marketing heavyweight Frank Casanova might weigh in. These individuals are part of the 'dream team' now touted by Bloomberg correspondent Mark Gurman to give the Apple Reality to move beyond rivals such as the Meta Quest Pro to achieve its possible goal of becoming as essential as the iPhone is now to the lives of many consumers in the near future.

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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2023-05-21 (Update: 2023-06- 5)