The Wall Street Journal Friday outlined what to expect from Apple’s long-rumored AR/VR headset project, corroborating several details previously reported by Bloombergby Mark Gurman and InformationIt’s Wayne Ma.
The report indicates that Apple plans to introduce the headset at WWDC in June and says that many sessions at the conference will be related to developing software for the headset. However, the news outlet claims that mass production of the headphones is not expected to begin until September due to manufacturing delays. Apple is said to be “anticipating some production issues” with the headphones, but there are no specific details.
The headset is expected to have an internal screen for virtual reality, while outward-facing cameras would allow users to see the real world inside the headset with augmented reality overlays. This combination is known as “mixed reality.”
Other details corroborated by the report include that the headphones are “experimental” and “unconventional” relative to most other Apple products, cost around $3,000, and have a waist-mounted external battery pack. FaceTime, Apple Fitness+, and gaming could be three major use cases for headphones, the report adds.
While it remains to be seen what the headset’s biggest selling point will be, its capabilities “far exceed those of the competition,” according to some sources cited in the report. Apple’s headphones are said to offer “higher levels of performance and immersion” than some competing devices, such as Facebook’s parent company Meta’s Quest Pro headphones.
WWDC kicks off with Apple’s keynote on June 5, which means Apple’s headphones are likely just weeks away from finally being unveiled to the public.
Apple confirms that iOS 16.5 will be released next week with these new features
In a press release today introducing a new Pride Edition band for Apple Watch, Apple confirmed that iOS 16.5 and watchOS 9.5 will be released to the public next week. Software updates have been in beta testing since the end of March. “The new Pride Celebration watch face and iPhone wallpaper will be available next week and requires watchOS 9.5 and iOS 16.5,” Apple said. In addition to…
Apple announces Final Cut Pro and Logic Pro for iPad with subscription models
Apple today announced that Final Cut Pro and Logic Pro will be coming to iPad later this month via subscription models. Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos. Apple says that Final Cut Pro and Logic Pro feature all-new touch interfaces that take advantage of multi-touch on iPad:Final Cut Pro and Logic Pro for iPad offer all-new touch interfaces that let users…
Disney+ and Hulu will be combined into a single application
Disney plans to combine the streaming services of Hulu and Disney+ into a single app by the end of this year, Disney CEO Bob Iger said yesterday during Disney’s second-quarter earnings call (via TechCrunch). A single streaming app will include programming from Hulu and Disney+, but Disney+, Hulu and ESPN+ will also be available as standalone services. The combined application will first be provided to…
Facebook Messenger Apple Watch app will be discontinued at the end of May, says Meta
Facebook Messenger’s Apple Watch app will be discontinued at the end of this month, according to Meta, ending the ability for users to reply to messages on the service from their wrist. The posts shared on social media included a screenshot of a notification sent to a handful of users in recent days informing them that Messenger won’t be available as an Apple Watch app after May 31, but that…