Report: Apple MR headset on track for June launch, top Apple execs got final preview
Apple is preparing to unveil its upcoming MR (mixed reality) headset soon, and the device was shown off to the top 100 Apple executives last week at the Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino, California, according to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman. The new report suggests that Apple is eyeing a WWDC 23 (this June) launch for the headset, which will reportedly debut as Apple Reality Pro or Apple Reality One and will be one of its most important launches in a long time.
According to Gurman, the headset development has been shown off to Apple executives several times over the years, but the latest preview was a final stepping stone before the big reveal in June with its steep $3,000 price tag.
Besides, New York Times also shared some key details about Apple’s foray into the world of mixed reality via anonymous Apple executives present at last week’s preview in Cupertino. The headset is said to have a ski goggle design with a carbon fiber frame and an accompanying hip pack that houses its external battery. The battery is said to last a few hours. The design of the headset isn’t suitable for people who wear glasses, but Apple reportedly plans to offer custom prescription lenses for the displays.
The latest report confirms dual 4K displays on the inside and a “Reality Dial” that allows the user to increase or decrease video of their surroundings in real time. The headset will target multiple groups of users, including artists, with its ability to track head and hand movements for use with drawing and design apps.
Video conferencing is another key aspect of the device, with a special “Copresence” app that allows users to spend time together in VR. Apple will also bring customized Hollywood content from Hollywood filmmakers.