Apple realityOS Glasses will launch in 2023, report says

A few days ago, a well-known leaker speculated that Apple would not unveil the first-generation mixed reality headset at WWDC 2022. The insider said the product is not ready for launch , and unveiling the realityOS glasses at WWDC would allow rivals to copy Apple’s design and ideas.

The report was released just as other stories said Apple was unlikely to unveil realityOS Glasses at the event.

realityOS is the expected marketing name for the operating system that will power augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) experiences on Apple’s headsets and glasses in the future. Apple has already filed a trademark application for the operating system, although the company is unlikely to showcase realityOS at WWDC next week.

A late-breaking leak claims that Apple plans to release realityOS Glasses next year. As a result, any WWDC 2022 announcement is out of the question for Apple’s mixed reality products.

What will Apple’s mixed reality headset do?

We’ve seen an increasing number of reports detailing Apple’s Mixed Reality Glasses over the past few years. The company has been developing the new wearables for years, encountering various challenges in the process. The various issues that Apple had to overcome forced Apple to delay the release of its first generation realityOS glasses.

The mixed reality headset should resemble VR-only devices available from game companies. PSVR, Meta’s Oculus, and HTC Vive are such examples. But Apple also plans to add AR features to realityOS that will expand the use case for such a device and pave the way for the AR glasses that Apple wants to unveil later this decade.

According to reports, the first-generation realityOS headset is expected to support gaming, content consumption, and communications. It will feature multiple cameras, including internal lenses that track eye movement. The glasses will also have high-resolution screens that deliver content to the retina. A MacBook-grade M1 processor will power the realityOS glasses and deliver wireless VR and AR experiences.

But that’s what the rumors say. Apple has never confirmed such speculation.

Sony’s first-generation PlayStation VR headset. Image source: Sony

realityOS glasses will be launched in 2023

Render of Apple Mixed Reality Glasses – side view. Image source: Ian Zelbo

Whether LeaksApplePro’s the new report is accurate, Apple won’t be demoing realityOS and mixed reality glasses any time soon.

The leaker claims that Apple pushed the release back a few months, making a WWDC 2022 debut impossible. Instead, Apple will launch realityOS Glasses sometime next year.

Production is expected to start in the fourth quarter of 2022, the report notes. Apple is still struggling with unspecified issues that need to be resolved before it can unveil realityOS.

But Apple may unveil realityOS and mixed reality glasses at a separate event this year. This way, Apple would give developers time to adapt their apps to the new mixed reality experience or create other apps that will be ready in time for launch.

realityOS Glasses will have its own App Store, which is exactly what we expect from Apple. The leaker notes that one of the goals of mixed reality glasses is to educate developers on realityOS buyers and pave the way for the Apple Glass AR product that will arrive in 2026.

The realityOS Mixed Reality Glasses will be a chunky device priced around $2,000. But it’s a necessary stepping stone to making fancy AR glasses that look like prescription glasses.

Ultimately, we’re still looking at rumors and speculation. But the report is in line with claims from other well-known leakers. If they’re right, Apple might introduce realityOS glasses this year, but not during Monday’s WWDC 2022 keynote.

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