After a rare bit of clarity from Tim Cook in an interview this week, we have more reason to believe that Apple’s long-awaited Apple AR headset will be coming soon.
Ming-Chi Kuo, in a note to investors seen by 9to5Mac, predicts that Apple will enter the AR hardware space by early 2023. In January 2023, the headset sector will continue to grow rapidly, ”he wrote.
An January launch will definitely require an event, which Apple usually doesn’t hold until March or April. The last time it launched a big product was in January 2010 when Steve Jobs demonstrated the iPad. The iPhone McWorld debuted in San Francisco in January 2007.
The mixed-reality headset, which is expected to combine elements of AR (augmented reality) and VR (virtual reality), has been rumored for some time, and it is important to note that Kuo predicted the launch and proved to be incorrect. In March 2019, he said it would be released in 2020. And in 2021, Kuo said the headset would arrive in 2022, which now seems unlikely.
However, we are still not entering the realm of Jean Munster Apple Television. For one thing, Kuo is still far from a Munster record in terms of sheer perseverance: if we still get these predictions in 2025, we can talk. For the other, as The Verge has seen, this latest prediction is much more precise than the previous ones, suggesting that he is getting real information and not just guessing based on trends.
Apple itself, in a rare moment of comparative openness from CEO Tim Cook, has sparked rumors that the product will be with us in the near future. In response to a direct question about the AR headset, Cook told the interviewer “stay connected and you’ll see what we’re offering.”
We definitely want to be with you, and you can say the same on our Apple Headset Superguide.