Apple is said to be joining hands with Hollywood directors to develop video content for its much-anticipated mixed reality headset. Additionally, Jon Favreau is reportedly working on a mixed reality experience to bring Prehistoric Planet, the Apple TV+ original series, to the upcoming headset.
Apple’s mixed reality headset is expected to ship next year, according to The New York Times. This is in line with an earlier prediction by Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, who said that the headset could begin shipping by 2023.
With Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) set for today, June 6, 2022, don’t expect a peek at the headset. NYT’s sources say that Apple will be unveiling a toolkit which will allow developers to add camera and voice functionality to their apps. This will help them develop a hands-free experience before the headset launches next year. Moreover, the iPhone maker is preparing to showcase the newest iOS, iPadOS, watchOS, macOS, and the realityOS.
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The publication adds that the device may not launch before 2023 due to problems with performance and battery life. That’s not the end of Apple’s worries, as the news outlet reports that some of its employees left their jobs at the Cupertino-based firm over concerns that the mixed reality headset could adversely affect how “people interact with one another”.
Some rumours suggest that the headset could cost over $1000. Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo states that future iterations of the mixed reality device are already being developed. Kuo adds that Apple plans to develop a pair of lightweight augmented reality glasses in the long term.