Although Apple has never publicly confirmed work on a headset, investors and analysts increasingly believe such a device will become a big new product category for the tech giant. Apple reportedly has a large team, called the Technology Development Group, working on the headset.
Apple was previously planning to debut the product in 2022 at its developer’s conference, according to the report, but could delay it because of challenges related to overheating, cameras, and software.
The delay could chill enthusiasm for the metaverse, a collection of technologies related to augmented and virtual reality, often publicly championed by rivals. Analysts in the sector were expecting Apple’s product introduction to provide a bolt of energy for the industry.
A delay could raise questions about its go-to-market plan. Apple’s annual developer conference is an ideal venue to get software makers excited about making apps for a new product.
The headset is expected to offer a virtual reality experience with a high-resolution screen. Some reports say it could potentially cost over $1000, far higher than current VR headsets like the $299 Meta Quest. It will focus on communication tools and media consumption, according to Bloomberg. A separate augmented reality product, with clear lenses, is still years away, according to the report.
Apple is telling suppliers that the product could sell as many as 10 million units during its first year, according to Bloomberg. An Apple representative declined to comment.