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  • Issues relating to overheating, cameras, and software have delayed production.
  • May not be announced until 2022 or later, and may not be released until 2023.
  • More than 2,000 Apple employees are working on VR and AR hardware.

Bloomberg recently reported that Apple may push back the reveal and release date of its rumored augmented/virtual reality headset. Unnamed sources who are close to the situation stated that issues relating to overheating, cameras, and software have resulted in production being thrown off schedule.

Apple’s headset, which the company has supposedly been developing since 2015, may not be announced until 2022 or later, and may not be released until 2023. The product was intended to make its debut at the Worldwide Developers Conference in June and release later in the year.

Previous Apple products have included some features which incorporate the use of augmented and virtual reality. However, the upcoming headset marks Apple’s leap into the world of AR and VR by being the company’s first product dedicated to the technology. The report states that more than 2,000 Apple employees are working on VR and AR hardware in the company’s Technology Development Group.

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The headset is expected to be somewhat of a niche item initially, which is reflected in its rumored price (upwards of $2,000). Apple hopes its headset can serve as an effective means for introducing more of its users to AR and VR technology, and even go on to eventually replace the iPhone.