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Apple AR/VR headset mass production may be delayed until end of 2022 : Report

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Apple AR/VR headset mass production may be delayed till 2022 as the Cupertino-based tech giant wants to have “complete software, ecosystem, and services,” Kuo notes.

Apple may likely delay its upcoming AR/VR headset production until the end of the fourth quarter of 2022, Apple's renowned analyst Ming-Chi Kuo recently revealed in a note to investors. Also Read - Spotify Wrapped 2021 to Apple Music Replay: Hold my beer

As per the analyst, before launching the headset, the Cupertino-based tech giant wants to have "complete software, ecosystem, and services," which Kuo cites as the reason why Apple could be planning to delay mass production of AR/VR headset, reports MacRumors. Also Read - Meta adds new features in Facebook, Instagram for women's safety in India

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Kuo noted that creating a virtual or mixed-reality headset is much more complicated than making products like Apple's best iPhones, such as the iPhone 13. The upcoming headset would likely not be aimed at consumers, but instead, be geared towards developers and business customers. Also Read - Facebook to now allow more cryptocurrency ads than before; here's why

Kuo also said he expects Apple's headset to lead the "next wave of user interface revolution" and change market consensus that AR/VR devices are mainly for gaming. The upcoming Apple headset will be similar to the Oculus Quest, and some prototypes being tested include external cameras to enable some AR features.

It may feature at least 15 camera modules, eye-tracking, possibly iris recognition, and could cost between $2,000 and $3,000. The AR headset is expected to sport a sleek design so that it is lightweight and comfortable for the wearer to roam around for prolonged periods.

It is also expected that the device will sport a high-resolution display, allowing users to read small bits of text while seeing other people in front of them at the same time.

(With IANS inputs)

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Published:Wed, October 20, 2021 6:19pm

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