Apple's mixed-reality headset is coming this year, but it cost Apple features in iOS 17 and iPadOS 17.
Mark Gurman of Bloomberg's "Power On" newsletter has a detailed report on Apple's 2023 plans.
Gurman claims Apple will launch its mixed reality headset before its June developer conference. Reality Pro is a likely name for the device, while xrOS is likely for the Borealis operating system. The product, which is being tested by a "small number of high-profile software developers," could be released in fall 2023.
This aligns with a report from Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who said the mixed reality headset would likely be delayed until 2023.
The headset will likely be high-end and expensive, with an Apple M2 chip, over 10 cameras, and high-resolution displays.
Apple reportedly used resources from other departments to get there, which could mean fewer products overall. iOS 17 and iPadOS 17 will have fewer major changes than planned, says Gurman.
Gurman says we'll see new MacBook Pros in 2023, but not the rumored 12-inch MacBook. A high-end Mac Pro configuration has also been canceled, and a larger iMac Pro won't arrive until 2023 or 2024.
Gurman says Apple's iPads, Apple Watch, and AirPods won't be updated this year beyond minor performance boosts. A larger HomePod (the original was discontinued in March 2021) may return with a lower price, updated touch controls, and the S8 chip found in Apple Watch.
Finally, Apple's iPhone. Gurman says the new iPhone hardware could be impressive despite modest software changes. Only the Pro models will get a new titanium frame and haptic volume buttons. New iPhones will get USB-C charging ports instead of Lightning, likely because of Europe.