Apple’s mixed reality headset, which reportedly faces design challenges, could be delayed until 2023

Bottom line: Apple’s 2022 product range may not be as solid as originally expected. Sources with knowledge of the case told Bloomberg that Apple originally planned to unveil its mixed reality headset in 2021 and ship it this year after working on the project since 2015. However, it did not work, so Apple regrouped and decided to announce the headset by this year’s WWDC in June. Development issues could force Apple to push the headset even further back.

Those with knowledge of the company’s plans claim that Apple faces challenges with the device’s camera and software. Overheating is another concern and it is believed that one of the laptop’s two most important treatment chips is to blame.

The chips needed to power the headset are said to be advanced components like those typically found in laptops. As you can imagine, squeezing them into something designed to be worn on your head can present some technical challenges.

Earlier prototypes have reportedly avoided thermal issues by using an external processing device that wirelessly transmitted data to the headset, but sources said former Apple design chief Jony Ive was not happy with extra hardware and shot the idea down.

Apple’s first model is expected to be an expensive niche product with a price point potentially north of $ 2,000. The idea is to use it to help build a solid ecosystem of apps – hence the desire to promote it at WWDC – before targeting a wider audience with future, probably more affordable products.

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