It has been rumored for a while now that Apple could be working on a mixed reality headset that might launch ahead of the rumored Apple Glasses. Now according to Mark Gurman’s Power On newsletter, the oft-accurate journalist claims that Apple’s mixed reality headset could launch as soon as 2022 and be positioned as a premium device.
According to Gurman, he says that Apple is “planning to unleash its own pricey device with advanced chips, displays, sensor, and avatar-based features as early as next year.” This seems to be partly in line with what we heard from analyst Ming-Chi Kuo earlier this year, where he suggested that the mixed reality headset could feature as many as 15 cameras.
While Gurman does not mention how expensive is “pricey”, there have been rumors claiming that it could cost as much as $2,000. However, as per previous rumors, it was suggested that this device isn’t really being marketed towards the end-user. Instead, it’s meant to appeal to developers and professionals to try and get them to develop games and applications for it, which presumably would eventually be used for the Apple Glasses.
2022 does seem rather soon, but we suppose it is as good a time as any. If the rumors are true, it would see Apple compete against the likes of Meta and Valve who already have VR headsets in the market.