No Apple Reality mixed reality glasses expected at WWDC 2023 despite leading teaser image
Yesterday, Apple confirmed in a press release that World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) will return on June 5. According to the company, WWDC 2023 will run between June 5 and June 9, which means it will start and end a day earlier than its WWDC 2022 counterpart. Currently, Apple is expected to showcase major OS updates, such as iOS 17, iPadOS 17 and macOS 14, among other areas.
Additionally, Apple's teaser image has prompted speculation that Apple will use WWDDC 2023 to introduce realityOS, a name that Mark Gurman first mentioned last year. Subsequently, the analyst claimed that Apple's 'Top 100' executives have already seen its first Reality series AR/VR headset, which is rumoured to cost anywhere up to US$3,000. Evidently, pricing like that will render Apple's inaugural AR/VR headset a developer and industry-first device, mirroring the Microsoft HoloLens 2.
However, Ming-Chi Kuo suggests that this may not be the case. Apparently, Apple has pushed mass production by another month or two, which will now not start until August or September 2023. Delaying mass production will also cut shipment forecasts for 2023 by up to 60%, with 500,000 units originally assumed. Now, Kuo states that Apple hopes to ship 200,000 to 300,000 units. Hence, it would seem that Apple may wait until its typical September or October hardware events before unveiling a Reality headset. Still, new Mac hardware could make its way to WWDC 2023, such as a 15-inch MacBook Air and a refreshed MacBook Pro 13, as well as new Mac Pro and 24-inch iMac machines.