This year will see the release of Apple's mixed-reality headset, but getting there wasn't easy, and it cost Apple some new features in the upcoming iOS 17 and iPadOS 17 operating systems.
Mark Gurman of Bloomberg has an extensive report on Apple's plans for 2023 in the most recent issue of his "Power On" newsletter.
Gurman asserts that, after multiple delays, Apple is finally preparing to release its mixed reality headset prior to the company's June Worldwide Developers Conference. The device's operating system, codenamed Borealis, will likely be referred to as xrOS. The device's name is likely to be Reality Pro. The product, which is currently in the hands of a "small number of prominent software developers" for testing purposes, could be released to the public in the fall of 2023.
This is consistent with the most recent report from Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who stated that "software-related issues" would likely delay the release of the mixed reality headset until the second half of 2023.
The headset will likely be an expensive, high-end device with an Apple M2 chip, more than ten cameras on the inside and outside, and displays with a very high resolution.
Apple is rumored to have utilized resources from other departments to reach its goal, which may reduce the company's other product offerings. According to Gurman, the upcoming versions of iOS 17, iPadOS 17, and macOS 14 will feature fewer significant changes than was initially anticipated.
Gurman claims that new MacBook Pros will be released in the first half of 2023, but the rumored 12-inch MacBook will not be released. A high-end configuration for the forthcoming Mac Pro has also been canceled, and a larger iMac Pro will likely not be released until late 2023 or early 2024.
Gurman claims that Apple's iPads and Apple Watch will only receive minor performance enhancements, while Apple TV and AirPods are unlikely to be updated at all this year. A larger HomePod could be reintroduced (the original was discontinued in March 2021), with a lower price, an updated touch control panel on top, and the S8 chip, which is found in the most recent Apple Watch models.
The iPhone is finally the flagship product of Apple. Gurman believes the new iPhone hardware could be impressive, despite the fact that software updates will be more modest than anticipated. The Dynamic Island will be featured on all four upcoming models, but only the Pro variants will feature a new titanium frame and haptic volume buttons. New iPhones will finally use the USB-C charging port instead of Lightning, presumably because Apple has little choice in Europe but to make the switch.