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Apple's Rumored AR/VR Headset May Be Delayed

The much-anticipated headset likely won't arrive in mass volumes until the second half of 2023, a noted Apple analyst says.

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Mass shipments of Apple's apparently upcoming augmented reality and virtual reality headset may be pushed back until the second half of 2023 due to unspecified "software-related issues," according to information shared Sunday by noted Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

Shipments of the much-rumored AR/VR headset are still expected to begin in the first half of the year, but not at the same volume previously predicted, Kuo wrote in a series of tweets.

Kuo had previously reported that the iPhone maker was looking to ship 1.5 million units of the face-mounted device in 2023 at a price of up to $2,000. He reported in August that Apple was expected to announce its headset during a January 2023 event and that the company had already presented the device to board members.

Apple didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

Apple's first headset is expected to be pricey. One rumor last year suggested the company's first VR headset would be "far more expensive" than other VR products that come in under $900, though it's unclear if it would cost more than the $1,500 Meta Quest Pro.