Apple Delays Debut of AR/VR Headset Until June

Apple is now planning to introduce its AR/VR headset in June instead of April, according to Bloomberg's Mark Gurman, with the debut of the device pushed back two months. It is expected to see an unveiling at the Worldwide Developers Conference.

apple ar headset concept 1Concept render by Ian Zelbo

Apple initially planned to reveal the AR/VR headset at an April event, but it is no longer going to be able to make that timeline and decided to delay it earlier this month. After continued product testing, Apple determined that there are still hardware and software issues that need to be fixed.

This is not the first time that Apple has pushed back the launch timeline for the headset, with the company originally planning to introduce it in mid-2022. The timeline shifted to January 2023 later in 2022, then April 2023, and now June 2023. It is not clear what the delay means for a prospective spring event as Apple has few other major device updates in the works, but we could potentially see a 15-inch MacBook Air and the launch of the new Apple silicon Mac Pro.

After the headset is shown off at WWDC, Apple will continue to work on it before putting it up for sale later in the year. Gurman cautions that the timing of the launch could change again, but Apple wants to have it available for purchase by the end of 2023 if at all possible because it is the headline product of the year.

Apple is still working to fix problems with the hand and eye control functions. Rumors suggest that users will be able to control the headset with both eye movements and hand gestures, selecting an app with a glance and then activating it with a pinch gesture, for example.

When it launches, the headset is expected to be priced somewhere around $3,000, which will limit its appeal to consumers. Apple is already working on a second-generation device that will be more affordable. More information on Apple's AR/VR headset development can be found in our dedicated roundup.

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Top Rated Comments

mnsportsgeek Avatar
15 months ago
Not a big deal. WWDC is the better platform to launch an entirely new product segment that will need significant developer support to succeed.
Score: 35 Votes (Like | Disagree)
macsplusmacs Avatar
15 months ago
The timing is better, and in person WWDC will mean everyone who flew in for the for it, can try the Apple Super Goggles first hand.
Score: 27 Votes (Like | Disagree)
fel10 Avatar
15 months ago
1st gen
$3000

Already a hard pass for me
Score: 20 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Andres Cantu Avatar
15 months ago
I lost track already about how many times this thing has been delayed.

Only the mythical Apple car surpasses this record.
Score: 20 Votes (Like | Disagree)
SFjohn Avatar
15 months ago
Funny how the rumor mill keeps getting the date wrong, and then blaming Apple for “delays” rather than admitting they were wrong and saying they have an updated rumor.
Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)
TheYayAreaLiving ?️ Avatar
15 months ago
Not surprised by this at all. It’s meant to be introduced during WWDC in person hands on.

Now, can we please get iOS 16.4 Beta 1?
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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