Apple’s Mixed Reality Headset May Launch as Early as 2022: Gurman

Apple’s long-rumoured mixed reality headset may be primed to release as early as 2022, according to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman.

In the latest edition of the PowerOn Newsletter, Gurman states that Apple’s AR/VR headset would be on the pricier side, thanks to higher-end components and features. The headset could be revealed and launched as soon as next year.

Apple is planning to unleash its own pricey device with advanced chips, displays, sensor, and avatar-based features as early as next year.

Rumours surrounding Apple’s mixed reality headset have circulated for quite some time. Apparently, it goes by the codename N301 and will utilize high-resolution 8K displays. Incorporating advanced chips, and sensors, it is understandable to think that Apple’s headset would come with a steep price. Estimates have

Gurman also speculates on whether the headset will be focused on games or will have a broader use for AR. The newsletter notes that although Apple Arcade is a growing ecosystem for Apple’s gaming branch, it still isn’t competing with the likes of Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo.

However, when looking at the niche market of AR/VR, Apple could carve out its own space. Alongside Facebook’s Oculus Quest, Valve’s Index, and Sony’s PSVR, the Apple mixed reality headset could offer new ventures within the gaming space. At the same time, the device could offer practical AR and VR functionalities.

Apple’s first headset will be of the mixed reality variety. That means it will have both AR and VR capabilities. While gaming can be done in both environments, virtual reality is what you want for seriously high-performance games with top-tier graphics. For Apple’s first headset, that’s what it’s shooting for: a mixed reality experience that can handle games in high-quality virtual reality with snappy chips and high-end displays.

Following the launch of Apple’s AR/VR headset, the company is expected to launch an AR-exclusive set of glasses. Initial reports pegged a release for 2023. Gurman estimates that we’ll likely see it “Years down the road.”