Apple analyst MIng-Chi Kuo expects the company’s first mixed reality headset with Wi-Fi 6E support to hit the market in 2022. Kuo’s note comes just a day after Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman peeked into Apple’s mixed reality headset and claimed it would hit the market in 2022.
Kuo previously claimed Apple postponed production of its AR / VR headset until the end of 2022, with a possible launch in 2023. However, it now appears to be stepping back on his claims, believing a launch is possible in the fourth quarter of 2022 The Mixed- Reality headset from Apple.
Apple’s mixed reality headset, which supports Wi-Fi 6E, would be noteworthy as no other Apple product yet supports this Wi-Fi standard. Kuo says that support for Wi-Fi 6E will be “a prerequisite for head-mounted displays (HMDs) to improve the wireless experience.”
Kuo believes that in addition to Apple, Meta and Sony will launch their mixed reality headset in 2022, with Sony likely being the first to launch with a launch in Q2 22.
As mixed reality headsets will communicate wirelessly with a PC or a connected smartphone in the future, they will need high wireless bandwidth to provide an immersive experience. The first mixed reality headset from Apple is tied to an iPhone, so wireless communication with a high bandwidth is more urgent.
Compared to Wi-Fi 6, Wi-Fi 6E offers lower latency, higher transmission speeds, and less interference, making it ideal for such use cases. In contrast to Wi-Fi 6, it works in the 6 GHz band. Wi-Fi 6E has not yet reached the mainstream and is only supported by a handful of consumer devices. Apple’s iPhone 13 series or the new M1 Pro / Max MacBook Pros do not support this new standard.