Apple AR headphones could be pushed back to 2023



Production of the steeply tilted Apple AR headset may have been delayed, according to a reliable source.

Apple is widely believed to be working on its own augmented reality glasses, with plenty of advice surfacing in recent years – not to mention a handful of clues from the secret manufacturer itself.

However, according to senior Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo (via MacRumors), Apple’s AR plans may have slowed down a bit. In a new note to investors, Kuo says Apple won’t be able to go into production on its headset until Q4 2022.

This would likely mean a release in late 2022, or even early 2023.

The original plan was to start production in the second quarter of 2022, but Kuo says Apple wants to have “full software, ecosystem, and services” in place before launch.

It might seem obvious to some, but it’s worth remembering that the original iPhone launched without the App Store. Apple won’t make the same mistake with its new AR headset, it seems.

Kuo claims that Apple’s AR headset requires a lot more industrial design than its smartphones have ever had, because it needs to be comfortable to wear. He also states that “the challenge of creating software / ecosystems / services is significantly higher than current products / competitors” as Apple positions its headset for a variety of applications outside of games.

Apple is clearly extremely cautious with its next big product company. In August, it was reported that Tim Cook was delaying his departure as Apple CEO to oversee “something else,” which could very well be that delayed Apple AR headset.


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