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Apple's AR headset will slip to Q2 2023, predicts Kuo

Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is predicting that the expected Apple AR headset has been pushed past the original timetable because of the impact of China's coronavirus lockdowns.

Following his now validated doubt that Apple would unveil its AR headset at WWDC 2022, Ming-Chi Kuo has tweeted what he expects is the timetable leading up to its delayed launch.

He goes on to say that his supposed schedule Apple's first AR headset is:

  1. Engineering Validation and Testing starting from Q3 2022
  2. Apple event in January 2023
  3. SDK toolkit for developers by end of February 2023
  4. Pre-orders beginning Q2 2023
  5. On sale ahead of WWDC 2023

Kuo's timeline does fit with recent expectations that the headset will be launched in 2023.

Since beginning to tweet about Apple in March 2022, Ming-Chi Kuo's news about the company have variously been speculation, or based on supply chain reports. This AR timeline appears to be solely supposition, using Kuo's experience of manufacturing timelines.