Apple is reportedly set to finally introduce its highly anticipated mixed reality headset in juin at this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC).
According to Bloomberg‘s Mark Gurman, the reveal date has been pushed back several times due to hardware and software issues, but it will now be unveiled at WWDC with plans for a release by the end of the year. The conference, typically held in early June, is Apple‘s developer conference where new versions of its operating systems are usually unveiled, giving developers time to build applications that exploit the new features.
The headset, rumored to be named “Reality Pro,” is expected to be a powerful device with advanced features such as hand tracking, realistic rendering of people over FaceTime, and a digital crown that enables users to switch out of VR. However, this technology will come at a steep price, with Gurman reporting that Apple plans to price the headset at around $3,000, making it a high-end item.
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The WWDC is a unique opportunity for Apple to unveil its new product, as it is not just reserved for journalists and analysts but also thousands of developers. With the WWDC, developers will have the opportunity to try out the headset within hours of its announcement and gauge its potential, which is crucial in virtual reality. This is a much better approach than announcing the headset in January or April and sending out development kits to partners.
If Apple were to postpone the launch of its headset once again, it would risk missing the timing and potentially stealing the show when announced alongside the iPhone 15 in September. The WWDC is not only the best time but also the last chance for Apple to unveil its headset and maintain its plans for a release before the end of the year.
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