According to the latest supply chain data collected by Ming Chi KuoApple may have delayed mass shipments of its headphones until the second half of 2023.
All this in the search to solve problems related to the software.
According to the report, mass shipments will begin in the second quarter of 2023.Bloomberg reported last week that Apple’s headphones will run on the “xrOS” platform, instead of the previously reported “realityOS” name.
This is a change that the company has reportedly made internally in recent weeks. Not to be confused with the iPhone XR, Bloomberg says that “xr” in this case stands for “extended reality.”
According to Kuo, changes and bugs within xrOS have caused Apple to delay mass shipments of its headphones until the second half of 2023.
It’s important to remember that a delay in mass shipments doesn’t necessarily mean that Apple headphones won’t be announced in the first half of the year.
The new challenge for Apple
Apple is clearly taking longer than anticipated to perfect the first version of its mixed reality headset, but that shouldn’t be surprising.
It’s a whole new product category for the company, something that doesn’t happen often.
With competition already in the market from the likes of Meta, there’s a clear need for Apple to get off to a good start with its own AR/VR hardware.
Apple may continue to test and even release new AR and VR features on its other platforms in the meantime. This means that users can see what kinds of things can be done with AR/VR technology, and developers can test the technology before dedicated headsets are actually available.