With WWDC 2021 kicking off on June 7, some tech pundits may assume that this will be the event that will pull the curtains back on Apple's AR/VR project. But because WWDC 2021 is an all-virtual event, Apple is purportedly questioning whether it's an feasible occasion for such an epic product reveal.
Apple reportedly wants to show off its mixed reality headset this year
WWDC 2021 will be an all-digital event again this year, but according to a source familiar with Apple's internal strategies, Apple is crossing its fingers that this doesn't become a pattern. The Cupertino-based tech giant is also hoping to get all of its employees back to the office.
"Working from home has some benefits, but a car, the next iPhone, future smart speakers and new earbuds can’t be designed, engineered and tested from a kitchen table," Bloomberg said.
Apple is also reportedly itching to show off its brand-spankin' new mixed-reality headset, the company's first major new device since 2015. However, the MacBook maker doesn't want to make such a critical reveal during a virtual event. The ideal Apple AR/VR headset revelation would be an in-person event with employees, developers, partners, social-media influencers and journalists in the room.
While Apple irons out those details, Bloomberg says that the company will likely reveal the highly anticipated head mounted display "sometime in the next several months."
Personally, I hope Apple plans to unveil its mixed reality headset at WWDC 2021 to relieve us all of the suspense. After that, the Cupertino-based tech giant can choose to hold an in-person event at a later date for more hands-on details about the device.
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Kimberly Gedeon, holding a Master's degree in International Journalism, launched her career as a journalist for MadameNoire's business beat in 2013. She loved translating stuffy stories about the economy, personal finance and investing into digestible, easy-to-understand, entertaining stories for young women of color. During her time on the business beat, she discovered her passion for tech as she dove into articles about tech entrepreneurship, the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) and the latest tablets. After eight years of freelancing, dabbling in a myriad of beats, she's finally found a home at Laptop Mag that accepts her as the crypto-addicted, virtual reality-loving, investing-focused, tech-fascinated nerd she is. Woot!