Apple is expected to reveal its $1,000+ XR headset in the next several months, possibly during Apple's virtual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) taking place June 7-11. The rumor mill started after Apple released a WWDC graphic (see above) showing a memoji woman wearing glasses and peering into a half-closed laptop.
- The Verge speculates that the glasses, which have no side stem, could show a reflection, or they could be Apple gearing up to announce the VR headset (or possibly AR glasses).
- Bloomberg's Mark Gurman reports Apple is poised to announce its XR headset "in the next several months." But Apple wants to avoid making such a critical announcement during an online event (which WWDC is).
- "It wants employees, the media, its partners, and developers in the room," Gurman noted. It would be Apple's first major new device announcement since 2015.
- If not during WWDC, Apple could also unveil the headset during its September iPhone announcement, Digital Trends predicts. This would allow it to display how the headset works with new iPhones and other devices.
Apple's XR ambitions:
- If announced in 2021, the headset will likely launch to developers first followed by consumers in 2022, as forecasted by highly respected Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo in his latest report.
- Kuo predicts the headset, which is mostly VR-centric with some AR capabilities, would have dual 8K displays and eye-tracking. Its 15 cameras would be higher than the current 2-5 in most existing VR hardware.
- It would also contain high-resolution MicroOLED displays and "innovative biometrics," which would utilize six of the cameras, Kuo said.
- It's the precursor to Apple's rumored AR glasses, which could launch by 2025.