According to the ever-reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who stated in a letter to investors that mass production of the headset won’t start until late 2022, it seems like Apple’s VR headset will have to suffer another delay, likely until early 2023 wait to get my hands on one.
Kuo previously predicted that Apple’s headset would hit the market in the second quarter of 2022. This new delay appears to be due to Apple’s desire to ensure that “the full software, ecosystem, and services” are with the headset. This is understandable when you consider that the device is said to cost between $ 1,000 and $ 3,000.
Apple also faces design challenges to ensure a comfortable fit. The company will try to position the headset as something more than just gaming, so making sure that the headset is comfortable to wear for long periods of time is of the utmost importance. In fact, according to Kuo, Apple is testing “the best industrial design solutions” because the headset is much more complex than traditional smartphones.
Rumor has it that the VR headset itself has 8K micro-OLED screens for each eye, which would ensure a high-resolution display. It can also provide biometric authentication for apps like Apple Pay to avoid having to switch back to your iPhone or Apple Watch. The headset is also said to be relatively light – only about 150 grams, which would go a long way toward achieving Apple’s goal of superior comfort.
Given Apple’s advances in its own silicon, the VR headset will almost certainly include some version of the M1 (or maybe M2) processor. According to Kuo, Apple wants this headset to represent a paradigm shift in the industry much like the original iPhone changed smartphones forever. Combining your own silicon with a custom operating system allows you to have complete control over the user experience.
Apple’s VR headset isn’t even the company’s ultimate goal; Apple still has its alleged augmented reality glasses after the VR headset. These glasses will likely use some of the insights from the VR headset, but apply them to an AR context. In that case, Apple would likely position these glasses as something of a fashion piece, similar to the Apple Watch.