According to Anshel Sag, principal analyst at Moor Insights & Strategy, this headset is expected to use cameras to transmit a view of the outside world to a high-resolution screen capable of superimposing digital objects on the physical environment and could arrive in March next year. Such a device would be Apple’s first foray into a new class of computing devices since the Apple Watch was released in 2015 and would put it in direct competition with Meta, which has revealed plans for a mixed reality headset codenamed “Cambria”. Which is due to be released this year.
But neither Sage nor the other developers and analysts interviewed by Reuters expect a preview of the headset on Monday.
Instead, they’ll be looking for subtle clues about the upcoming device, such as improvements to the way Apple devices handle augmented reality scenes. Said Andrew McHugh, co-founder of an app called Vivid that allows users to virtually swipe through their videos and photos. Apple has already introduced features such as spatial audio for wireless earbuds, in which sounds change as users turn their heads.
While a headset is unlikely on Monday, Apple could announce an updated version of its Mac Pro computer, aimed at users such as developers who need high computing power and is the latest device in the series. The Apple lineup uses a central processor from Intel Corp. Ben Bajarin, head of consumer technology at Creative Strategies, said this device likely has a powerful processor made up of multiple Apple Silicon chips combined together using advanced packaging technology.
The Apple Store https://www.apple.com/store was offline Monday morning, a step in the past followed by the addition of new products to the site.
Analysts expect that the biggest news of the day will be commodity updates such as the iPad. Bloomberg reported that Apple plans to overhaul the device’s operating system to make it more convenient to work with multiple apps and a keyboard. Such a development would reflect the fact that high-end iPads have as powerful processor chips as Apple’s Mac computers, but also features that these Macs don’t have, such as touch screens and cellular data connections.
“For years, Apple has promoted the iPad as a computer for everyone,” said Tom Mainelli. “Now it feels more and more like the Mac is the computer for everyone. If that’s the case, where do you take it? Is there an iPad?” , head of the Consumer and Devices Research Group at IDC.
Mac sales rose 23% to $35.2 billion in Apple’s last fiscal year, thanks to increased purchases of work-from-home laptops and the introduction of its own line of Apple Silicon chips to power the devices. Bajarin said Apple may roll out new features aimed at making it easier to use Macs in enterprise environments, in a bid to gain market share from PC makers who rely on Apple’s Windows operating system.
“I really think we’re on the cusp of an explosion of Macs in the business,” Bajarin said.
Bloomberg reports that Apple may release a new version of its MacBook Air laptop, one of its best-selling models for students and most office workers, with a new chip called the M2, although some analysts like Bajarin believe Apple can salvage the emergence of this device. A model for later in the year, when the company generally launches products aimed at consumers. (Reporting by Stephen Niles San Francisco; Editing by Lisa Shumaker)