The release of Apple's mixed-reality headset is scheduled for this year, but getting there hasn't been easy, and the company had to sacrifice some new features for the upcoming versions of iOS 17 and iPadOS 17.
According to Bloomberg's Mark Gurman, who has an extensive report on Apple's plans for 2023 in the most recent edition of his "Power On" newsletter, this is what the company has in store for the year 2023.
Gurman asserts that after a number of setbacks, Apple is finally getting ready to launch its mixed reality headset in advance of the company's Worldwide Developers Conference, which will take place in June. Reality Pro is the name he suggests for the device, while xrOS is the name that is most likely going to be given to the operating system that it will run, which is codenamed Borealis. It is possible that the product, which is currently being tested by a "small number of high-profile software developers," will not be available for purchase until the fall of 2023.
According to the most recent report from Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who stated that the release of the mixed reality headset would most likely be delayed until the second half of 2023 due to "software-related issues," this is consistent with his findings.
The headset is likely going to be an expensive, high-end device that will come equipped with an Apple M2 chip, more than ten cameras on the inside and outside, and displays with an extremely high resolution.
Apple reportedly had to use some resources from other departments in order to get there, which may mean that the company will have less to show when it comes to the products it offers in other categories. According to Gurman, the upcoming versions of iOS 17, iPadOS 17, and macOS 14 will not include as many significant alterations as were initially planned.
As for other products that will be released in the near future, Gurman claims that new MacBook Pros will be released in the first half of 2023, but the 12-inch MacBook will not be released. A high-end configuration for the upcoming Mac Pro has also been canceled, and a larger iMac Pro won't likely see the light of day until the latter half of 2023 or the first half of 2024 at the earliest.
Gurman claims that Apple's iPads and Apple Watch will not see significant changes other than minor performance boosts, and that Apple TV and AirPods will most likely not receive any updates at all this year. It is possible that Apple will bring back a larger version of the HomePod (the original model was discontinued in March 2021), but this time it will have a lower price point, an improved touch control panel on the top, and the S8 chip that is found in the most recent versions of Apple Watch.
At long last, we come to the crown jewel of Apple's product lineup: the iPhone. Gurman believes that the new iPhone hardware could be impressive, despite the fact that the alterations to the software will be less significant than had been anticipated. It is anticipated that all four of the upcoming models will include the Dynamic Island; however, only the Pro variants will receive a new titanium frame and haptic volume buttons. It appears that Apple has little choice but to make the switch in Europe to the USB-C charging port rather than the Lightning port, so new iPhones will finally get the USB-C charging port instead of Lightning.