Is Apple about to debut its AR headset? Everything we know so far

It’s just over two weeks until Apple’s WWDC event. It’s virtual with a small personal event for some lucky developers, assuming the personal part isn’t curtailed.

Could this be the time for the legendary Apple Glass Augmented Reality headset to be unveiled? Here’s everything we know so far.

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It has just been shown to the Apple Board

Well, that’s a clear sign that things are moving fast, if a new report from Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman is correct. Apparently the board members got to see a demo of the new headset a few days ago. Gurman says that suggests the reveal could be in “the next few months.” He also says the announcement is slated for later this year or early next year, with a consumer release in 2023.

Gurman says a demo on the board is a typical route to the finished product, with Siri being demonstrated “several weeks before its public release.”

Several weeks, huh? Doesn’t that fit WWDC? Wouldn’t it be a perfect One More Thing element? And wouldn’t it make sense that it would be unveiled at a developer event so they can start building the apps the headset needs to thrive?

I think it’s a possibility, and it fits Gurman’s claim that the work on realityOS (rOS for short) that will power the headset has recently gone into overdrive.

My take on this is that it would make a lot of sense, but the absence of large-scale in-person attendance at WWDC means it’s less likely. But not impossible.

Gurman also says that Dub-Dub was targeted, but unresolved issues such as overheating and headset contents delayed that. Perhaps the demonstration to the Council means that things are almost back on track?

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the rumors

So far there are many reports about the headset itself, but they are often contradictory. It seems Jony Ive is still involved – perhaps unsurprising given that he said Apple would remain his main focus after his departure – and that it’s a standalone device that isn’t plugged into a wall outlet or computer because of its electrical or electronic power supply.

The first generation model is rumored to cost around $3,000. That’s a lot, and it’s not Apple’s way of releasing a product and then slashing the price for version 2 a lot. And, let’s not forget, there were a lot of rumors that the first iPad would cost $1,000 until then – CEO Steve Jobs revealed it at $499. So I take that price rumor with a grain of salt.

It will be capable of Augmented Reality, but maybe Virtual Reality as well. It will have two very high-resolution screens plus a third lower-resolution OLED screen for peripheral vision, more than a dozen cameras, a LiDAR sensor and a powerful processor.

We’ll know in a few weeks if the device is really close enough to be shown to developers. It really is possible, although my gut says there will be a personal event a little later in the year where it will debut. But fingers crossed, eh?

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