Apple Inc.’s mixed reality headset seems more likely to arrive later this year after it was discovered that iOS 16 beta code heavily references the device.
Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman wrote today that he thinks a full introduction of the headset is unlikely at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference in June, but betas of iOS 16, codenamed Sydney , “are replete with references to the headset and its interactions with the iPhone.
“This indicates that the headset will launch during the iOS 16 cycle, which kicks off in June and lasts until iOS 17 arrives in fall 2023,” Gurman writes. “It may also suggest that Apple may be previewing some of its upcoming augmented and virtual reality software sooner. ”
Apple was first reported to be working on a headset in January 2021. In November, esteemed Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo suggested the headset could debut in late 2022. device in June is a possibility, as Apple will want developers to create products before they hit the market.
What form the helmet will take remains unknown. Kuo believes the headset will be a standalone portable device that won’t require a secondary device, such as a Mac or iPhone. Instead, it will contain its own on-board processor “with the same level of computing power as the Mac”, which would be of a level comparable to the M1. On Jan. 9, Gurman wrote that he thinks Apple would skip a metaverse headset and instead offer a mixed reality headset that’s used for “bursts of gaming, communication, and content consumption,” but that didn’t happen. will not be an “all day”. device.”
Along with the annual operating system updates – iOS, iPadOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS – it looks like Apple will also be releasing more mainstream hardware at WWDC.
Reports have included a new Mac Pro desktop or even a new MacBook Air. Gurman agrees with the launch of the new MacBook Air at the event and also suggests that Apple could release a new Mac mini and a 24-inch iMac, as well as a low-end MacBook Pro to replace the aging model of 13 inches.
Apple’s annual event, WWDC22, is being held online for the third consecutive year from June 6-10 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.