Apple's mixed-reality headset is scheduled to release this year, but the company had to sacrifice some future features in iOS 17 and iPadOS 17 to get there.
This is what Bloomberg's Mark Gurman says in the latest issue of his "Power On" newsletter, in which he details Apple's plans for the year 2023.
Gurman claims that Apple is readying the release of its mixed reality headset for the company's upcoming Worldwide Developers Conference in June. Reality Pro is the name he has in mind for the hardware, while xrOS is what you can expect to see as the final name for the OS powering the device (formerly known as Borealis). A "small number of high-profile software developers" are currently testing the product, and it could potentially hit shelves in the fall of 2023.
In line with this is the latest report from Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who predicted a delay until the second half of 2023 due to "software-related issues" with the mixed reality headset.
The headset is expected to be a high-end, high-priced device with features like an Apple M2 chip, more than 10 cameras on the inside and outside, and very high resolution displays.
It's been said that Apple diverted resources from other projects in order to get there, which could spell trouble for the future of the company's other offerings. When it comes to iOS 17, iPadOS 17, and macOS 14, fewer major changes were initially planned, according to Gurman.
Gurman says that new MacBook Pros will be released in the first half of 2023, but the rumored 12-inch MacBook will not be released. Additionally, a larger iMac Pro is not expected to be released until late 2023 or 2024, and a high-end configuration of the upcoming Mac Pro has been scrapped.
Gurman claims that Apple's iPads and Apple Watch won't see any major updates this year beyond performance enhancements, and that Apple TV and AirPods won't be updated at all. It's possible that Apple will bring back a larger HomePod (the original was discontinued in March 2021) with a newer touch control panel on top, a lower price, and the S8 chip, which can be found in the most recent iterations of the Apple Watch.
The iPhone, Apple's crowning achievement, is presented at last. Gurman claims that the new iPhone hardware could be impressive, despite the fact that software changes will be more modest than anticipated. All four of the new phones should feature the Dynamic Island, but only the Pro models will have the updated titanium chassis and haptic volume buttons. Probably due to regulations in Europe, the new iPhones will use a USB-C charging port instead of Lightning.