Apple has announced that it will hold its annual Worldwide Developers Conference, or WWDC, online from June 5 to 9.
The conference will be devoted to discussing the company’s next-generation platforms and operating systems – iOS 17, iPadOS 17, macOS 14, watchOS 10, and tvOS 17. But the main event of the event, as announced by Bloomberg, there will be a presentation of a new mixed reality headset. It is expected to be called Reality One or Reality Pro.
The headset will work on the new xrOS operating system, and developers will be able to write applications for it. The device will use eye and hand controls, have a built-in App Store, and offer virtual reality-based FaceTime, 3D versions of Apple’s core apps, and immersive video streaming. The headset will combine virtual and augmented reality, allowing users to either immerse themselves in their content or see their surroundings while in use.
Apple will position the headset as a high-end product that could cost around $3,000 and include many technologies not previously seen in consumer devices. The company aims to stand out from the competition with its unique approach to mixed reality technology.
The headset may take years to catch on, but it will provide another platform for Apple developers to sell their apps and content. The company plans several features that will allow the headset to be integrated with other Apple products, including the Mac and iPhone. The conference will be the perfect platform for Apple to make a compelling case for why its approach is superior to other companies’ mixed reality technologies.
The mixed reality headset is Apple’s first major new product since the Apple Watch debuted eight years ago, and the company plans to introduce new Mac computers in the coming months, including the first model Mac Pro without Intel and MacBook Air with bigger screen. The conference could also lay the groundwork for future changes to Apple’s operating systems to comply with the Digital Markets Act and other future laws designed to limit the company’s control over its own platforms.