It’s been a pretty big week for Apple’s AR headset. On Tuesday, The Information revealed a ton of secrets about the tech inside the device, and now we may have gotten an idea of when Apple plans to show it off to the world.
According to Ming-Chi Kuo, “Apple is becoming increasingly unlikely to hold a media event for the new device in January,” as previously claimed. Apple has a tradition of announcing major new products in January, but has not held a January keynote since the arrival of the original iPad on January 27, 2010.
Now, Kuo believes the devices will arrive at Apple’s spring event or as part of WWDC in June. He seems to have no solid evidence to support his claims, but concludes on the basis of “current development progress”.
Apple’s spring event is already well attended. Apple hasn’t announced a new Mac or chip since WWDC 2022, so it’s likely it will focus on the Mac, following the Mac Studio in 2022 and the 24-inch iMac in 2021. New 14-inch and 16-inch iMacs will be unveiled at the spring event. -inch MacBook Pro models, the introduction of the M2 Pro and M2 Max chip, a new M2 Mac mini and probably a special iPhone color.
So a WWDC launch would make the most sense. Since the headset is an entirely new product, Apple needs strong support from developers. Also a key component is a new operating system called xrOS (extended reality OS) and WWDC is a perfect showcase for that. Apple will likely announce the device several months before it ships, so the headset could also take pride of place at Apple’s fall iPhone event, where new details will be revealed.
We’re expecting Apple’s new silicon-based Mac Pro to debut at WWDC as well, so make sure you’re not busy on the morning of June 5, as it’s likely to be a big day.