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Apple's "AR headset" is slated for further delays following WWDC 2022 no-show

An Apple AR render. (Source: Antonio De Rosa)
An Apple AR render. (Source: Antonio De Rosa)
Apple has been rumored to launch its first-gen mixed-reality device (in the form of glasses or a headset) shortly. However, should all the leaks concerning its release have proven accurate, it would be on the market already. Now, a leading market analyst claims that its announcement has been pushed back due to production issues.

Some correspondents suspect that Apple has designs on its own extended-reality (XR) ecosystem, and may even have plans for it to supplant the iPhone and iOS as its main mobile solution one day. However, as the rumor mill suggests, the Cupertino giant has pushed its launch back at least once already.

The latest word on this subject came from the TF International Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who estimated that it might be released by the first quarter of 2023 (1Q2023). However, should that have been the case, Apple just might have started to drop some guidance as to how to develop for it during the ideal opportunity of WWDC 2022. 

However, as the event is currently underway with not much overt mention of first-party XR hardware, it would seem Apple is not that close to its first-gen headset after all. Accordingly, Kuo has revised his prediction to 2Q2023 instead. 

Kuo also now believes that the Meta Quest rival might enter EVF in 3Q2022 so that Apple could formally announce it by 1Q2023. The OEM might release devkits thereafter, then open pre-orders in 2Q2023 before WWDC 2023.

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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2022-06- 7 (Update: 2022-06- 8)