Apple’s AR/VR headset has already passed the prototype stage – the company has completed the “second stage of engineering verification and testing (EVT 2)” , and the device may start shipping in August or September of this year. This was reported by the Taiwanese edition of DigiTimes, citing suppliers of electronic components.
The EVT 2 milestone indicates that Apple is inexorably approaching mass production of the device: first, prototypes are made, then two stages of engineering tests follow, after which the company tests the design and, at the last stage, arranges for verification of the production itself. According to DigiTimes, the augmented and virtual reality headset may go into mass production as early as August or September, and the market is scheduled to enter the market before the end of this year. It is also reported that Apple was originally going to release the device back in 2019, but plans were shifted several times to a later date.
Last year, several sources reported that Apple was preparing the headset for release in 2022, but Bloomberg reporter Mark Gurman warned that a delay until 2023 is likely . At the same time, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo insists on 2022. The Apple suppliers referenced by DigiTimes often have an idea of what the company is working on, but don’t have the full picture, so the information they provide cannot be judged to be entirely reliable. But it’s still an encouraging sign. According to preliminary data, the device will receive 4K resolution OLED displays, as well as a processor equivalent to the current M1 Pro or M1 Max chips.