Apple AR/VR Headset on Schedule for Early 2023, Second-Gen Model to Feature Call Capabilities to Come in 2024

Apple’s long-rumoured AR/VR headset is reported to be on schedule for an early 2023 launch. Additionally, a second-generation model is said to already be in development and will include some notable features. The iterative device is said to be in the works for a 2024 release.

In its latest report regarding Apple’s AR/VR headset, ETNews states that Apple suppliers are preparing to begin the mass production phase for the headset in Q4 of the year. However, it goes on to say that the initial volume of devices available is not expected to be large.

It’s been largely reported that the headset will feature two 4K micro OLED displays, supplied by Sony and LG Display, 3D sensing modules from LG Innotek, a mid-to-low camera, eye tracking, and hand gesture controls. Additionally, some are expecting the headset to support a similar processor to the M1. Apple is also expected to position the headset as a premium device, with an estimated price tag of $3,000 USD (roughly $3,899 CAD).

The first generation of the AR/VR headset is said to primarily focus on gaming and entertainment. However, as time goes on we hear more of what Apple may have in store for the future, the first headset sounds like a proof of concept and a testbed for what’s to come. Apparently, the second-generation headset is to iterate on the first model and feature a lighter weight design, improved camera, and the ability to make phone calls.

Apple is said to be aiming to differentiate itself from competitors within the mixed-reality space. With other companies such as Meta, Sony, and Google all vying for user adoption, Apple is aiming for accessibility, better content, and portability.

Earlier this week, TF International Securities’ Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo discussed his belief that Apple’s second-generation headset would be available in 2025. However, ETNews‘ report states that Apple’s goal is to hit the market in 2024. Perhaps this indicates that the second-generation headset may launch in Q4 2024. Though, only time will tell. Apple has yet to formally unveil the first model.