Apple is preparing to unveil its upcoming MR (mixed reality) headset soon, according to a new report. The headset was presented to Apple’s top 100 executives at the Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino, California last week, according to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman. The article suggests that Apple is eyeing a WWDC 23 launch (this June) for the headset. The name should be Apple Reality Pro or Apple Reality One and the device will be one of the most important product launches in a long time.
According to Gurman, the state of headset development has been shown to Apple executives many times over the years. However, the latest preview was arguably a last evaluation before the big reveal in June at a hefty price tag of $3,000 (€2,782).
Apple MR Headset with external battery
Additionally, The New York Times shared some key details about Apple’s foray into the mixed reality world. The tip comes from anonymous Apple executives who attended the preview in Cupertino last week. The headset is said to feature a ski goggle design with a carbon fiber frame and comes with a waist pack that houses the external battery. The battery life should be several hours. The headset’s design doesn’t suit eyeglass wearers, but Apple is reportedly planning to offer custom lenses for the displays.
The report also confirms two 4K displays inside and a “reality dial” that allows the user to zoom in and out of their surroundings in real time. Apple has several user groups for the headset in mind, including artists. They can use head and hand gestures to control compatible drawing and design apps.
Video conferencing is another key aspect of the Apple MR Headset with a dedicated “Copresence” app. This synchronizes two or more participants in VR. Apple will also offer its own Hollywood content from well-known filmmakers.