A recent report from the consultancy firm KGI Securities has suggested that the highly anticipated Mixed Reality headset from Apple may slip due to software development issues. While the hardware was expected to start production in the first half of 2023, production of components and the eventual release have faced setbacks that have resulted in shipment estimates ranging from as low as 500,000 units by the end of 2023.
Ming-Chi Kuo, analyst and lead at KGI Securities, stated in a recent thread on Twitter that there were software development issues that have caused a delay in the shipment of the headset. There has been no detail provided on either the scope or gravity of these issues and it remains undecided if the announcement of the device has been affected too.
According to Kuo, the delay in the announcement could lead to the detriment of promotion and sales of the device. With the major changes to consumer tech and the rise of mixed-reality technology, the powerhouse of consumer electronics, that is Apple, looks to get into the game with their own take on the mixed-reality headset. Their headset is expected to integrate many of the features that are already found in its range of devices, such as the iPhone and iPad, like the advanced biometric sensors, making it a more immersive experience compared to the existing competition.
The launch of the proposed Apple MR headset is seen as the next major step in the emergence of consumer electronics with the impact spread across various industries such as gaming, sports and entertainment. With the announced delays, many people wait in anticipation for what Apple will have in store for the development of mixed-reality technology and when the announcement of the device could finally happen.
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