Apple’s focus on the mixed-reality headset has reportedly cost its other products

Apple is reportedly set to foray into the AR/VR segment with the upcoming mixed-reality headset, purportedly called “Reality Pro.” Mark Gurman of Bloomberg notes it to be the “hot new introduction for this year,” and the reason why we may see “fewer major breakthroughs” across the company’s portfolio this year.
Gurman reports that Apple is banking high on the introduction of its first mixed-reality headset, and for it to be a success, the company has diverted the workforce and resources from other departments to the team working on the “hot new” project.
The Cupertino-based giant has roped in resources from different engineering teams, which has hampered the development of other projects. Meanwhile, budget cuts and slowdowns have also affected some of these teams. Thus “fewer major breakthroughs” throughout the year.
iPhones and Macs will get their due upgrades this year. Gurman notes that all four iPhones launching this year would come with the Dynamic Island and USB C ports. The ‘Pro’ models would come with titanium frames, and physical events are to be replaced by haptic-enabled buttons.
There are new MacBook Pros with M2 Pro and M2 Ultra coming this year. Also, we can expect a 15-inch MacBook Air this year. An M2 Ultra-powered Mac Pro is also in the pipeline for 2023. However, no iMacs until 2023.
As for AirPods, no new models are expected to launch this year. Apple Watches may get a minor performance boost while sticking to the same design. Also, a new HomePod is expected to debut this year, but it may not be a huge upgrade compared to the last one.
No major iOS, iPadOS and macOS updates this year
The priority right now at the Apple headquarters is the operating system for the said headset, the XrOS. To have things ready on time, Apple has pulled out the staff working on the software for iPhones, iPads, and Macs. That is why Apple has cut back on the development of iOS 17, iPadOS 17, and macOS 14, so do not expect much from the coming software this year.



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