Apple MR headset delays release more…a strong candidate for the second half of next year
It is predicted that the shipment of mixed reality (MR) headsets, which Apple is known to be developing, could be delayed to the second half of next year.
On the 4th (local time), the IT media MacRumors quoted Apple analyst Guo Ming-chi as saying on Twitter.
He tweeted that the timing of mass shipment of Apple MR headsets could be delayed until the second half of 2023 due to unspecified software-related issues.
He added that mass shipments of headset parts are still likely to begin in the first half of next year, but mass shipments of fully assembled headsets may not begin until the second half of next year.
Therefore, even if Apple releases its MR headset early next year, the product could be released in the second half of 2023.
McRumus commented that the WWDC 2023 event, which will be held around June next year, is the right time for Apple to announce SDK and MR headsets that can create AR/VR apps for headsets for developers.
Guo Ming-chi has previously announced that Apple plans to unveil its MR headset through a media event in January next year and start shipping large quantities of products in the second quarter of 2023.
However, the delay makes it unclear whether Apple will release an MR headset early next year. He added that too long a gap between the release of the product and the timing of its release could hamper product sales.
The MR headset Apple is preparing is expected to be an expensive product. Guo Ming-chi said Apple is likely to ship less than 500,000 MR headsets next year, much less than the market estimate of 800,000 units.