Due to technical challenges that have arisen during the development process of Apple’s promised mixed-reality headset, the company could be forced to push back the launch date. Bloomberg reported the potential delay, citing people close to the matter.
Apple is reportedly developing a high-end headset that will deliver augmented reality and virtual reality features. The original plan was to debut the device during the company’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference in June this year.
After that announcement, which is not looking likely, the product would have been available for customers to buy.
Now, it seems that Apple is looking at the possibility that the device could be delayed for at least a few months, potentially pushing the date to sometime in 2023. If the company does go through with the plan, the device will start shipping much later than initially scheduled.
The report by Bloomberg attributed the potential backing out of Apple from a WWDC debut to development challenges concern the software and cameras on the device.
On top of that, there are some overheating issues caused by the onboard processor. The headset is reportedly run by a processor on par with the M1 Pro chip Apple developed for its MacBook Pro laptops.
A robust initiative
The M1 Pro is based on the 5-nanometer process with 33.7 billion transistors, more than twice the generation it replaced. The onboard central processing unit is described as having gotten 70% faster over its predecessor, with the integrated Graphics card increasing performance 2X.
Apple is investing a lot of money in the development of mixed-reality, evidenced by a team 2,000 strong developing the headset.
The last thing the iPhone maker wants is a mixed reception of its mixed-reality headset, which is why a delay is more likely if the issues aren’t sorted out in time.