Apple bracing for potential mixed reality headset production issues

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in Future Apple Hardware edited May 2023
While Apple is apparently planning to ship its mixed-reality headset later in 2023, the company is apparently preparing for problems to arise in manufacturing the device.

A render of a potential Apple headset [AppleInsider]
A render of a potential Apple headset [AppleInsider]


The keynote of WWDC 2023 is expected to be dominated by Apple's headset, an Apple VR or AR device that may ship to the public months later. However, in one report, it seems that Apple is preparing for the introduction of a new hardware platform to be tougher than usual.

In an overview of the Apple headset's story so far, the Wall Street Journal covers a lot of already well-discussed ground, including the rumored $3,000 price tag and the external battery. Among those elements, the report also claims that Apple is "already anticipating some production issues" with the device.

The mass production of the headset won't occur until September, the report insists, "due to manufacturing delays" told to it by people "familiar with the issue." The details of the issue itself are not mentioned by the publication.

The team behind the headset apparently planned to ship it a number of times over the last few years, however delays such as "coordinating the software to run properly with the hardware" got in the way.

Along with expected problems making the headset, the device will be a fairly scarce commodity by Apple standards. It is thought the initial 2023 shipment forecasts lie between 200,000 and 300,000 units, with the lower figure more likely if manufacturing issues do occur.

Read on AppleInsider

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 7
    The previous delays such as "coordinating the software to run properly with the hardware" would be design issues not production issues.
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 2 of 7
    williamhwilliamh Posts: 1,036member
    Has there ever been a new product without production issues?
    byronlforegoneconclusionlolliverwatto_cobra
  • Reply 3 of 7
    This story, and all stories like it, as "reported" by the rumour mill are what comes out of the back end of a horse.

    Reporting on them is equally as lazy and indolent.

    This isn't reporting or news. This is Middle School Hall locker conversation.
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 4 of 7
    byronlbyronl Posts: 369member
    JP234 said:
    This story, and all stories like it, as "reported" by the rumour mill are what comes out of the back end of a horse.

    Reporting on them is equally as lazy and indolent.

    This isn't reporting or news. This is Middle School Hall locker conversation.
    This sure ain't what WE talked about in our middle school locker room!
    lmaoo
    watto_cobraJP234
  • Reply 5 of 7
    JapheyJaphey Posts: 1,770member
    This story, and all stories like it, as "reported" by the rumour mill are what comes out of the back end of a horse.

    Reporting on them is equally as lazy and indolent.

    This isn't reporting or news. This is Middle School Hall locker conversation.
    Maybe your in the wrong place, because the rumors are a big reason that many of us come here. Also, if you spot something that you perceive to be manure and then consume it anyway, you really don’t get to complain about the taste. 
    watto_cobragatorguymuthuk_vanalingambeowulfschmidtJP234
  • Reply 6 of 7
    1348513485 Posts: 360member
    Planning for production issues is what quality oriented companies do for all their products, from the design stage forward to final packaging. You anticipate problems and plan for solutions, whether a part redesign, assembly issue, second vendor, etc. 
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