While WWDC is still going on, we got all the announcements yesterday which we recapped in this keynote wrap-up article. One of the rumors heading into the event was that Apple might give us a sneak peak at its mixed reality headset but that did not pan out. Noted Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is now giving us an expected timeframe as to when we’ll actually see the product.
Due to the ongoing COVID lockdowns in China and Shanghai in particular, Apple was forced to backtrack on its MR headset development and Kuo believes the product will enter its EVT (Engineering Validation Test) stage later on in Q3 2022.
After the headset is finalized, Kuo predicts a media launch event in January 2023 with developer toolkit units shipping 2-4 weeks after said event. Pre-orders are expected to start in Q2 2023 while open sales will likely start around WWDC 2023. All these dates are still far away at this point so we’ll just have to wait and see if they actually hold up.