Apple’s long-rumored augmented and virtual reality headset is nearly finished after years of development. According to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, the device will be announced this spring, ahead of Apple’s annual WWDC conference in June.
Apple reportedly shared the headset with a handful of high-profile software developers, giving them a first look at its new “xrOS” software, indicating that a launch is finally on the horizon. Gurman expects Apple to release “Reality Pro” in the fall after announcing it in the spring.
The final sprint to get the headset out the door will impact the rest of Apple’s 2023 product lineup. On the software front, the next version of the company’s iOS operating system is likely to ship with “fewer major changes than originally planned” due to Apple reassigning software engineers to the xrOS team.
“The same goes for macOS 14,” Gurman adds. Apple’s hardware plans are even less thrilling. The company has no updates of “of note” planned for its iPad, Apple Watch and audio lines.
Gurman says new iPad Pro models with OLED displays are on the way, but those likely won’t arrive until 2024. He warns the upcoming will be “another disappointment.”
The forthcoming desktop will reportedly feature the same design as its 2019 predecessor, and you won’t be able to upgrade the computer’s RAM on your own due to the architecture of Apple’s M-series chipsets.
A new 15-inch MacBook Air and the iPhone 15 could be the only bright spots in an otherwise bleak release schedule.
Gurman claims that the entire iPhone 15 line will include Apple’s new Dynamic Island feature and USB-C charging. New titanium frames and haptic volume buttons will also be included in the Pro models.