There have been rumors about Apple releasing an AR headset for years. Will 2023 be the year it finally comes out?
Must actually be available for purchase sometime in 2023.
Jan 18, 8:13pm:
Will Apple release an AR headset in 2023 → Will Apple release an AR/Mixed Reality headset in 2023
Apple Inc. is still planning to unveil its first mixed-reality headset this year, but an even more important follow-up product — lightweight augmented-reality glasses — has been postponed due to technical challenges.
This should resolve YES still - per the market creator, the mixed-reality headset will count as an AR headset.
@VivaLaPanda Yeah, sorry for the confusing phrasing - I just meant that the article saying that it’s postponing “lightweight augmented-reality glasses” wouldn’t affect the outcome of this market as long as the “mixed-reality headset” still comes out, since other people had clearly reacted to the article thinking that it would impact this market.
My own variant of this market I made a while ago, with clearer resolution criteria as to what counts as “AR” (though it’s about announcement rather than release):
If this will count a VR headset with mixed reality features, meaning no direct light passes through, just a passthrough camera feed, then yes this has a solid chance of happening. But typically I wouldn't count that as an "AR headset" which usually means light passes directly through glass with an overlay.
With the current plan, Apple could introduce the device to consumers — likely under the name Reality Pro — and then get developers up to speed on its software features in June. On this timeline, the company would then ship the product later in the fall of 2023.
Is the Rayban Stories an AR glasses?
@MP no at least if I'm reading the product page correctly: https://www.ray-ban.com/usa/discover-ray-ban-stories/clp
Must have some visual overlay component for me to count it
@MP Microsoft's HoloLens is already this. I used it about six years ago and it was pretty impressive then, and we've had a lot of graphics card innovation since then. I don't think Apple would release the HoloLens as it was six years ago, but it's totally plausible for something like that now.
WWDC 23 I suspect.
Are you distinguishing the rumored MR (AR/VR) headset from the rumored AR-focused Apple Glasses? Or do both of those count as an AR headset for resolution purposes?
For the record, my no bet is because this has been delayed for years, and consumer spending will probably be bodied in 2023 by a recession, so it makes sense to delay sales until 2024