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Report: Apple’s mixed reality headset is just a few months away

The "Sword of Damocles" head-mounted display, the original augmented reality headset, circa 1968.

Enlarge / The “Sword of Damocles” head-mounted display, the original augmented reality headset, circa 1968. (credit: Ivan Sutherland)

Apple is wrapping up development of its long-rumored, long-delayed mixed reality headset, and is gearing up for a launch as soon as early next year, according to Bloomberg reporter Mark Gurman’s weekly newsletter.

Recent job listings posted by Apple suggest that the company is looking to fill content creation roles for the device, suggesting that the core technology is set enough that developers, producers, artists, and the like work confidently with it. That’s in contrast to the product’s state not that long ago, when differing opinions about the product’s feature set, specs, and design led to shifting goalposts that would have been a headache for content creators.

Among those content creation roles is at least one that would focus on “the development of a 3D mixed-reality world,” not dissimilar in some respects to Meta’s Horizon Worlds. But while Horizon Worlds’ spaces exist entirely in VR, an Apple job listing describes “connected experiences in a 3D mixed-reality world,” suggesting that augmented reality may also play a part.

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