Apple’s AR/VR headset may be confirmed in iOS 16


As well as “major” upgrades,” Apple’s forthcoming AR/VR headset might be widely addressed in iOS 16.

Concept render of Apple’s rumored AR headset by Antonio De Rosa based on drawings from The Information

According to speculations from Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, iOS 16 might include the first public mention of Apple’s AR headset, as well as notification and health updates.

Apple’s WWDC 2022 conference is set for June 6, according to Gurman, in his most current Power On newsletter(opens in new tab).


Apple’s long-rumored mixed reality headgear and the rOS (Reality OS) operating system that would power it are among his most fascinating iOS 16 (codenamed Sydney) predictions.

He initially predicted the headset would be shown at this year’s WWDC, but now thinks it would be unveiled “near the end of this year or in the beginning of 2015” While iOS 16’s lifetime is projected to stretch from June through the end of 2023, the amount of interactions between iPhones and a mixed reality headset listed in iOS 16 implies that the headset will come within that time period.

Apple’s iOS 16 will have “major upgrades across the board,” according to Gurman, including adjustments to alerts, health monitoring, and more. However, it is claimed that the interface of iOS would remain unchanged.


At the conference, Apple isn’t only going to be talking about iOS. MacOS 13 and watchOS 9 are also on the horizon, as is tvOS 16. Further than their codenames (Rome, Kincaid, and Paris, respectively) and the news that watchOS will contain activity/health monitoring upgrades, Gurman offers little other information about what to anticipate from these next devices. Also of note is the possibility of a multitasking interface in iPadOS 16, Apple’s mobile operating system.

It’s possible that we’ll hear about some new Mac models in the near future, according to Gurman. Even while Apple doesn’t normally make hardware announcements at WWDC, it would be the next logical time for them to do so. According to Gurman, two new Macs will be released in the middle of the year, one of which will be a new MacBook Air 2022. The other, he thinks, might be a new Mac mini, iMac, iMac Pro, Mac Pro, or 13-inch MacBook Pro.

After WWDC, we’ll get our first glimpse at iOS 16 and the betas will be available, but most of us won’t get our hands on it until it’s a fully-functional product. As soon as this September’s release of the iPhone 14 is confirmed.


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