Until recently, we thought Apple would release new MacBook Pro M2 models this year. Specifically, the M2 Pro and M2 Max variants of the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models, November looking like a possible release window.
However, we then learned that Apple would not be releasing new Macs in 2022. Reports indicated that the next MacBook Pro refresh would arrive in the first quarter of 2023, possibly alongside macOS 13.3, which Apple is developing. internally.
There are many valid explanations for Apple’s decision. The economy, new lockdowns in China, and Apple’s own development cycles could be to blame. But what if the real reason is a device that appears to have nothing to do with the M2 MacBook Pro refresh? The real reason could be Apple’s first mixed reality headset, which will essentially be a head-mounted Mac running the “realityOS” operating system.
When will Apple launch the AR/VR headset?
Mixed reality refers to experiences that involve augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) on the same gadget, focusing on the latter. Apple’s Reality One/Pro, which is a possible name for the headset, will look more like a chunky VR headset than a nimble pair of goggles.
But we’ve seen plenty of reports over the past few years that claim Apple’s approach to mixed reality devices will set the tone in the industry. And everyone will be rushing to copy Apple’s lead, including companies that have been making VR headsets for years.
How does this all relate to the M2 MacBook Pro launch delay? All of these AR/VR headset reports painted the same general picture. The device will be unlike anything else in the industry. It will give users access to entertainment, communication, games, and all sorts of other apps and experiences unrelated to a computer or iPhone.
The mixed reality headset will run on a powerful chip from Apple, with the most recent rumors claiming it will be a version of the M2. Previous reports stated that the gadget was running an M1 variant.
So the mixed reality headset should be at least as powerful as an entry-level MacBook Air or Pro, if not better. And it will run an iOS-based operating system optimized for augmented and virtual reality experiences.
Will the launch of the M2 MacBook Pro coincide with the reveal of the AR/VR headset?
Rumors also say that Apple could unveil the AR/VR headset early next year during a special event dedicated to this brand new type of product. But the headset will need several months to hit stores, much like it happened with the original iPhone, iPad, and the first Apple Watch.
I’m only speculating at this point, but what if Apple delayed announcing the MacBook Pro M2 so that all of these devices would launch at the same time?
An immediate benefit would be to sell new MacBooks in Q1 2023, several months before the Reality Pro device hits stores.
The other is actually the processors powering these devices. Apple may want to keep some of its silicon advancements a secret when it comes to the M2 Pro and Max chips.
Perhaps Apple’s new CPU and GPU innovations would tell rivals what kind of hardware the mixed reality headset would have to offer. If the M2 MacBook Pro models were to launch in November 2022, several months before the reveal of the AR/VR headset.
Or making the M2 chips that will power all these unreleased devices is a more difficult process. Apple is just making sure it has enough inventory for laptops and the new headset.
Again, this is just speculation. The simple realities of today’s economy might have convinced Apple not to launch a new laptop later this year. Additionally, we have no guarantee that the AR/VR headset reveal will take place in early 2023. Either way, the usual leaks will give more details soon.
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