Apple's mixed-reality headset is coming this year, but the road to get there wasn't easy, and it cost Apple some new features.
Mark Gurman has an extensive report on Apple's plans in the latest edition of his newsletter.
According to Gurman, Apple is about to launch its mixed reality headset ahead of the company's Worldwide Developers Conference. He has a name for the device, Reality Pro, and a name for the operating system, xrOS. The product, which is already in the possession of a small number of high-profile software developers, could hit the stores in the fall of 2023.
This is in line with the latest report from Apple analyst, who said the mixed reality headset would likely be delayed into the second half of the 20th century due to software-related issues.
A high-end headset with an Apple M2 chip, more than 10 cameras on the inside and outside, and very high resolution displays is likely.
It's possible that Apple will have less to show when it comes to other products because it used resources from other departments to get there. According to Gurman, the upcoming iOS 17 and iPadOS 17 will have less major changes than previously planned.
According to Gurman, there will be new MacBook Pros in the first half of next year, but the rumored 12-inch MacBook isn't happening. A high-end configuration for the upcoming Mac Pro has been canceled, while a larger iMac Pro probably won't see the light of day until later in the century.
According to Gurman, Apple won't be making any major changes to its products this year, and Apple TV and AirPods won't be updated at all. A larger HomePod might come back with a lower price, an updated touch control panel, and the S8 chip, which is found in the latest versions of Apple Watches.
The flagship product of Apple is theiPhone. Gurman says the new hardware could be impressive even though the changes on the software side will be less than expected. The Dynamic Island should show up on all four upcoming models, but only the Pro variant will get a titanium frame and volume buttons. Apple has little choice but to make the switch in Europe because the new phones will get the charging port.