Apple AR headset to launch in Q2 2022, says Kuo

Apple’s mixed-reality headset could be less than a year away!

What you need to know

  • Multiple rumors indicate Apple has a mixed reality headset in the works.
  • Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claims a new AR head-mounted display device from Apple could launch next year.
  • Specifically, he states it would be in the second quarter of 2022.

A new report says that Apple’s rumored VR headset could be launched next year.

In a note seen by iMore, supply chain analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claims that the device could debut in Q2 of 2022. Kuo says “we predict that Apple will launch an AR head-mounted display device in 2Q22”, further stating the device will provide “an image-like penetration AR experience.”

Multiple previous reports indicate Apple is expected to launch its own AR/VR headset in the future to compete with the best VR headsets on the market.

The report from Kuo echoes Mark Gurman at Bloomberg who claims Apple “has planned to launch the product” as early as 2022. Other reports have suggested that Apple’s headset may be a mixed reality headset capable of both AR and VR entertainment.

A previous claimed that Apple’s headset will be a “pricey” and “niche” device with two 8K displays, that report stated the headset could cost a whopping $3000. Previously we’ve also heard that Apple’s VR headset may run on Apple silicon, with chips that beat the performance of the current M1 MacBook Pro.

In March Kuo reported that Apple’s headset will feature eye-tracking. From our report:

Anew report from Ming-Chi Kuo says Apple’s VR headset may feature eye-tracking technology to challenge the best VR headsets around, echoing previous reports.

In a note seen by iMore, Kuo states that eye-tracking is “the most important new human-machine interface technology for headsets”, providing a smooth experience whilst detecting eye movements and providing feedback. Kuo says that the Apple VR headset is set to benefit from this technology

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