Apple Finalizes Production Tests For AR/VR Headset
Apple has completed key production tests for its long-rumored augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) headset, according to DigiTimes.
Citing information from the headset’s component suppliers, the device has reportedly completed second-phase engineering validation tests (EVT 2) to ensure that prototype units meet Apple’s design goals and specifications. DigiTimes added that the headset is expected to debut by the end of 2022.
The preliminary information was shared in DigiTimes’ paywalled “Before Going to Press” section, so there are no further details yet. The full report should be published by tomorrow, potentially with more information.
While Apple’s headset was widely believed to be scheduled to launch this year, a recent report from Bloomberg‘s Mark Gurman cast doubt on the chances of the device emerging this year due to development problems.
Nevertheless, Apple’s headset project is said to be “approaching liftoff,” with the device mirroring the development timeline of the Apple Watch in the period before its launch. Apple’s work on the headset’s operating system, realityOS, has been rumored since 2017, but the existence of the operating system was recently confirmed when references to it were found in App Store upload logs and Apple open source code.
DigiTimes’ latest report is yet another sign that Apple’s headset is ebbing closer to mass production, even if the timeframe for the device’s announcement now seems to be vaguely situated somewhere in 2022 or 2023.
The headset is rumored to feature a lightweight design, two 4K micro-LED displays, 15 optical modules, two main processors, Wi-Fi 6E connectivity, eye tracking, a see-through AR mode, object tracking, hand gesture controls, and more.
The device’s exact price point is as yet unclear, but some reports indicate that it could cost customers around $3,000.