Apple Headset's Capabilities Said to 'Far Exceed' Those of Rival Devices

The Wall Street Journal on Friday outlined what to expect from Apple's long-rumored AR/VR headset project, corroborating several details previously reported by Bloomberg's Mark Gurman and The Information's Wayne Ma.

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Apple headset mockup by designer Ian Zelbo

The report indicates that Apple plans to unveil the headset at WWDC in June, and says many sessions at the conference will be related to developing software for the headset. However, the news outlet claims that mass production of the headset isn't expected to begin until September due to manufacturing delays. Apple is said to be "anticipating some production issues" with the headset, but there are no specific details.

The headset is expected to have an internal screen for virtual reality, while outward-facing cameras would allow users to view the real world inside the headset with augmented reality overlays. This combination is known as "mixed reality."

Other details corroborated by the report include the headset being "experimental" and "unconventional" relative to most other Apple products, costing around $3,000, and having a waist-mounted external battery pack. FaceTime, Apple Fitness+, and gaming could be three major use cases for the headset, the report adds.

While it remains to be seen what the headset's biggest selling point will be, its capabilities "far exceed those of competitors," according to some sources cited in the report. Apple's headset is said to offer "greater levels of performance and immersion" than some competing devices, like Facebook parent company Meta's Quest Pro headset.

WWDC begins with Apple's keynote on June 5, meaning that Apple's headset is likely just weeks away from finally being unveiled to the public.

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Top Rated Comments

eicca Avatar
12 months ago
The cost far exceeds competitors too, but I’m not sure customers’ needs far exceed the current market offerings.
Score: 43 Votes (Like | Disagree)
asdfjkl; Avatar
12 months ago
Not sure what the killer app for this will be. At that price a killer app will be mandatory.
Score: 27 Votes (Like | Disagree)
hch720 Avatar
12 months ago
Not buying a first gen product.
Score: 25 Votes (Like | Disagree)
JOLoughlin Avatar
12 months ago
At this point publications are just regurgitating what little they know & speculation based on existing products mixed with What-Would-Apple-Do? masquerading as reporting.

Unless an unprecedented leak happens, best to just wait and see at this point for them to tell their own story.
Score: 22 Votes (Like | Disagree)
pianophile Avatar
12 months ago
I don't want one, though, I didn't want an iPhone, Apple Watch, or iPad before they were launched, and own all three now.
Score: 22 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Corefile Avatar
12 months ago
They need a killer app to make it successful but what is that? If you look at the other VR headsets they are usually novelty gifts on Christmas Day put in a drawer to never be reused.
Score: 18 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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