A highly questionable rumor from an equally dubious source suggests that Apple’s first virtual reality headset will debut at WWDC in 2022 and could closely integrate with a “new iPod.”
Scoble added that the reason Apple will debut it in the summer is because a “new iPod will be a huge deal for Christmas.” He says that the iPod will introduce “many of the experiences … in the headset,” adding that they will work together.
Further details about the Apple VR headset and the iPod were scarce, but Scoble hinted that the latter device could feature a “mind-blowing audio experience” and would be a “great controller for an AR world.”
There are plenty of reasons to be skeptical about the rumor, including a subsequent tweet from Scoble himself.
Consider anything I say about Apple as untrustworthy. But it is informed.
— Scoble (@Scobleizer) July 15, 2021
Scoble does not have a solid track record when it comes to Apple rumors. Back in 2017, for example, he incorrectly predicted that Apple would debut a pair of augmented reality glasses in partnership with Carl Zeiss that year.
However, more reputable source have confirmed that Apple is largely thought to be working on several different head-mounted devices with augmented reality and virtual reality capabilities. That includes a visor-like device that would focus on virtual and mixed reality (MR), which would mean immersing a user completely in a virtual environment.
Reports differ on the specifics of that device — including its price. On the other hand, both well-regarded Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo and technology news site The Information have forecast a 2022 launch date.
According to Kuo, the MR visor would be the first of Apple’s head-mounted products. It would be followed by a lighter “Apple Glass” headset that would use augmented reality to overlay information onto the real-world. Kuo even predicted that AR contact lenses would arrive by 2030.
The image included isn’t from Apple. It’s a mock-up produced by Antonio De Rosa based on drawings originally published by The Information.
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