Apple now plans to introduce its AR/VR headset in June instead of April, according to Bloomberg‘s Mark Gurman, with the device’s debut pushed back two months. It is expected to be unveiled at the Worldwide Developers Conference.

Apple had originally planned to reveal the AR/VR headset at an event in April, but it won’t be able to make that schedule anymore and has decided to delay it earlier this month. After continued product testing, Apple determined that there remained hardware and software issues that needed to be resolved.

This isn’t the first time that Apple has pushed back the headset’s launch schedule, with the company initially planning to introduce it in mid-2022. The timeline moved to January 2023 later in 2022, then April 2023 and now June 2023. It’s unclear what the delay means for a possible spring event as Apple has few other major device updates on the way. , but we could potentially see a 15-inch MacBook Air and the launch of Apple’s new silicon Mac Pro.

Once the headset is shown at WWDC, Apple will continue to work on it before releasing it later this year. Gurman warns that the launch time could change again, but Apple wants it to be available for purchase by the end of 2023 if possible, as it’s the year’s flagship.

Apple is still working to fix issues with the hand and eye control features. Rumors suggest that users will be able to control the headset with eye movements and hand gestures, selecting an app with a glance and then activating it with a pinch gesture, for example.

At launch, the headset is expected to cost around $3,000, which will limit its appeal to consumers. Apple is already working on a second-generation device that will be more affordable. You can find more information on the development of Apple’s AR/VR headset in our dedicated roundup.

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