Apple AR/VR Headset Potentially Delayed Until 2023 Amid Development Problems

Apple’s long-rumored AR/VR headset could be delayed until 2023 after being beset with issues during the development process, according to Bloomberg.

Concept render based on purported leaked information by Ian Zelbo

Citing people familiar with Apple’s plans, the report claims that Apple originally planned to launch the headset in 2021 and ship it this year. The company then set its sights on WWDC in June 2022 to launch the product, but this is reportedly now unlikely due to a number of development issues.

The headset is said to be facing issues with overheating, as well as camera and software challenges. As a result, Apple is now considering delaying the launch of the headset until late 2022 or 2023.

Apple purportedly informed supply-chain partners that the device is unlikely to be released until 2023, but is apparently still pushing vendors to have units available for the end of 2022 ahead of launch. The company is now believed to be planning to focus WWDC in 2023 specifically around building virtual and augmented reality apps to kickstart the device’s App Store.

iOS 16, which is internally said to be codenamed Sydney, will feature built-in support for the headset to lay the groundwork for the device. Bloomberg notes that this means Apple “could theoretically preview technical aspects of the headset or its software, without showcasing the full device” at this year’s WWDC.

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