Hardware is never a sure thing at WWDC, and there are years where Apple focuses entirely on software. In 2022, we saw the unveiling of the MacBook Pro and MacBook Air, and in 2023, we are expecting at least one hardware product announcement.
Apple will show off the long-rumored AR/VR headset at WWDC, according to rumors. A WWDC debut will give developers time to design apps and experiences for the device ahead of a launch later in the year.
We’ve highlighted some of the main AR/VR headset features below, but we have a dedicated AR/VR headset roundup that aggregates all of the rumors that we’ve heard so far.
- Both augmented and virtual reality capabilities with an option to switch modes with Digital Crown-like control knob.
- External battery pack worn at the waist.
- Lightweight, comfortable design with Apple Watch-like band and mesh against the face.
- Option for prescription lenses.
- 4K micro-OLED displays.
- Powerful Apple silicon chips – the same as the chips used in the Mac.
- xrOS operating system with dedicated App Store, unique FaceTime experience, and the option to run iPhone and iPad apps.
- Gesture-based control method with no physical controller.
- A dozen+ cameras that can read facial expressions, detect body movements, and map the surrounding areas.
- Iris scanning for authentication.
Apple is planning to introduce an updated version of the Mac Pro with an Apple silicon chip, and the machine could be introduced at WWDC.
We are not expecting notable design changes to the Mac Pro with the updates mainly focused on the transition to Apple silicon.