May 18, 2022

Mass production of Apple AR/VR headsets scheduled for August/September

Apple’s $3,000 AR/VR headset is now rumored to go into mass production in August or September, indicating that we could see the mixed reality headset before the end of 2022.

The head-mounted display, which is expected to feature MacBook Pro-level power, has already been announced to arrive in late 2022 by Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. Now, a recent report from DigiTimes (via iMore) indicates that Apple is gearing up to launch the device before the end of 2022, as the AR/VR headset would go into mass production in August or September.

Apple is apparently ready to complete the next round of production validation testing, with the report saying the AR/VR headset is “soon to undergo EVT3 and enter volume production in August-September before hitting the market.” by the end of the year, our sources said.”

A drawing of Apple's possible mixed reality device by The Information.

(Image credit: The Information)

The headset is aimed at professionals, unlike the Oculus Quest 2 or the upcoming PSVR 2 which is more in tune with general consumers. According to Kuo, Apple’s VR headset will feature a 96W USB-C power adapter, indicating that the HMD will offer processing power on par with a MacBook M1, and possibly the M1 Pro or M1. Max more advanced. As previously stated, Apple’s VR headset will be a standalone device, meaning it won’t be tethered to a Mac or iPhone.

We also know that Apple’s first mixed reality headset is expected to feature Wi-Fi 6/6E for an enhanced wireless experience, and is expected to rival other highly anticipated VR devices due to arrive in 2022, such as the Meta’s supposed high end. Project Cambria VR headset.

Whether or not the launch window is accurate, only time will tell. While we wait for the Apple VR headset to drop in late 2022, check out how much of PlayStation’s next-gen VR headset has been upgraded in our PSVR 2 vs. PSVR match.