Apple’s first AR/VR headset will enter mass production beginning this fall, debuting before the end of the year, says a report from DigiTimes.
DigiTimes on Monday previewed a report that said Apple has completed key production tests for its long-rumored augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) headset.
The report cites information from Apple’s headset component suppliers who told the publication that the device has reportedly completed second-phase engineering validation tests (EVT 2) to ensure that prototype units meet Apple’s design goals and specifications.
Now, in the full report published today, the publication says the headset will enter mass production in August-September. According to the report, Apple is still aiming to launch this year.
Apple’s first AR headset, mainly targeting professional vertical market applications, is expected to undergo EVT3 soon and enter volume production in August-September before hitting the market by the end of the year, the sources said.
The DigiTimes timeframe does not jibe with a recent report from Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman that said the device will more likely debut in 2023, due to development issues.
Apple’s much-rumored headset is said to boast 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, all in a lightweight design. While the headset’s pricing has not yet been confirmed, some reports say it will cost around $3,000.