Apple has just entered the final straight ahead of the announcement of its mixed reality headset, which is due in the spring. However, the efforts made would have severe impacts on almost all future releases, hardware or software.
2023 will be the year of mixed reality for Apple. His MR helmet is on its final approach. It is of colossal importance to Apple, which has been working on its development for about seven years.
An introduction in the spring, an exit in the fall
As Mark Gurman points out in his newsletter, power overApple originally planned to arrive in this market in 2019, but delays have accumulated, pushing the launch date to 2020, then 2021 and 2022. But this time, it looks like we’re here. Even if one last small delay appeared, since, a priori, Apple planned to introduce it in January for a marketing in March, approximately. Now it’s its springtime announcement — Apple often holds events in March. The timing would have allowed him to have introduced his helmet before WWDC, in early June, so that a certain number of developers could have rubbed shoulders with the beast. However, the Cupertino giant does not intend to market its helmet, called Reality Pro, before the fall
A construction site that requires full attention
This schedule would have the advantage of giving developers access to the helmets before WWDC. At the moment, according to the journalist of Bloomberg, only a select few developers would already have access to a model of this helmet to create a first mat of third-party applications. We imagine it developers like those of Snapchat, very advanced in augmented reality, may be among these elected officials. WWDC would then be an opportunity to show more of the potential of its helmet to the general public and answer questions from developers. Craig Federighi’s teams will really have to present the software solutions developed. In front of which operating system, code name Borealiswhich should be called xrOS, after all.
information recently revealed in a long article that Apple was running into some software issues, complicating things and contributing in part to the fact that Reality Pro won’t launch in January. Mark Gurman even points out that Apple’s teams are not done working on the helmet yet. giant “There are a lot of issues to sort out – in hardware, software and services, and how it’s going to be marketed and sold.”.
In view of the challenge and to achieve its goals, Apple would have reallocated resources for this project by pulling them from different departments of hardware and software. “This would hamper other projects, some of which were already suffering from delays and budget cuts related to the economic slowdown. »the journalist explains Bloombergbefore finally driving the point home: “It could mean that Apple will have less big news to show this year”.
Even the iPhone is affected
of Mac Pro, MacBook Pro and 15-inch MacBook Air would be there, accompanied by some more or less important updates, but for the rest, the announcements would be… discreet. Thus, the 11-inch and 13-inch iPad Pros wouldn’t launch before the first half of 2024 – thankfully they could benefit from an OLED display. And if the other iPads (mini, Air, and entry-level) are to be updated, it would only be a minimal SoC update, says the reporter from Bloomberg.
Same story on the Apple Watch side, which will gain just a little bit of power. What’s more, the AirPods wouldn’t benefit from any notable updates until 2023 — in time for the AirPods Max 2…Apple TV 4K which was updated in 2022 he would not be troubled by an evolution this year either. Only the return of a large-format HomePod would still be relevant. But Mark Gurman immediately arouses our enthusiasm: “I don’t expect anything revolutionary from her”, he wrote. The news should come to an improved touch panel and the presentation of the S8, seen in the Watch Series 8.
In the end, only the iPhone would survive these cuts? For the hardware part, a priori yes. It must be said that it is still – and until now – Apple’s main source of income. The iPhone 15 could benefit from some great new hardware. The entire range would be entitled to Dynamic Island and USB-C, while the Pro models would ditch steel for a much stronger titanium frame. They will also adopt haptic buttons for volume adjustment. In addition, with a bit of luck, their SoC may be compatible with hardware acceleration ray tracingalready supported by high-end processors from Qualcomm and Mediatek.
On the other hand, the software side of the iPhones would also have to tighten their belts. According to Mark Gurman, the efforts made to complete xrOS – and some iOS 16 setbacks – could thus cost some key new features for iOS and iPadOS 17, codenamed Dawn. But the new version of the operating system from Apple would not be the only one that would be affected. Sunburst, the codename of the upcoming macOS 14, would also be affected.
Hailed as the messiah by a market unable to gain a foothold, Apple’s mixed reality headset should open the doors to two new markets. First, that of virtual and mixed reality devices, dominated by Meta at the moment, with no real competition – but it’s the competition this market needs, it seems. Secondly, thanks to the technological stream that Apple masters so well, it is the augmented reality glasses market that the Cupertino giant is targeting. A market that many analysts see as the next Grail, the Eldorado that will eventually replace the smartphone. We understand better why Tim Cook is ready to sacrifice some of his small products and even new features of his main operating system.