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Apple’s AR/VR headset could debut at January media event

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Apple VR/AR headset takes big step toward production
Lockdown in China has affected the development of Apple's AR/VR headset
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Supply chain analyst Ming-Chi Kuo thinks Apple’s AR/VR headset won’t ship until the second quarter of 2023 due to delays caused by COVID-19 lockdowns in China.

Apple made no mention of its long-rumored AR headset, or the realityOS platform upon which it reportedly will operate, during Monday’s WWDC22 keynote — as predicted by Kuo himself. However, the company could announce the headset at a special media event next January, according to the analyst.

Apple’s AR/VR headset could use ultrasonic sound waves to simulate a breeze in mixed reality

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Apple VR headset could look like Oculus Quest
Apple's first headset could be around the same size as Oculus Quest.
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Apple could use ultrasonic sound waves to deliver haptic feedback to wearers of its upcoming AR/VR headset when they interact with virtual objects.

Most consumer AR/VR headsets do not provide haptic feedback like that, but some high-end ones feature a basic vibration motor that does not give the desired effect. However, Apple’s new patent filings suggest it wants to solve this issue on its AR/VR headset by using ultrasonic sound waves.

Analyst says Apple’s AR headset and realityOS will be a no-show at WWDC22

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Apple's new AR/VR headset and its realityOS may or may not debut at WWDC22.
Don't expect Apple's AR/VR headset to show up at WWDC22
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Apple is unlikely to showcase its long-rumored AR/MR headset — or even demo the realityOS that powers it — at this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference, according to TF International Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

His mood-dampening remarks follow lots of buzz in recent weeks that indicated Apple finally would take the wraps off the secret project at WWDC22.

The reason? There’s still a lot of time before the headset enters mass production. And Apple doesn’t want its competitors to steal its ideas and rush a copycat to market, Kuo said.

Will realityOS for AR/VR headsets make its debut at WWDC22?

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Apple's new AR/VR headset and its realityOS may or may not debut at WWDC22.
Apple's new AR/VR headset and its realityOS may or may not debut at WWDC22.
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On Sunday, when people noticed “realityOS” trademarks set for international filing on June 8, mad speculation flew that at least the software platform for Apple’s planned AR/VR headsets could be rolled out at WWDC22, which gets underway June 6.

And while it’s tantalizing speculation with other supporting evidence, there is reason for doubt, too. Especially since a reputable analyst threw cold water on the idea on Tuesday, contradicting others.