Apple employees reportedly expressed doubts about mixed reality headsets months before launch


While the expected launch of Apple’s mixed-reality headset is only a few months away, some employees don’t seem to think the device is ready yet, according to a report of The New York Times. While some employees have reportedly left the project over their misgivings, others remain skeptical about the headset’s potential for success — especially at a $3,000 price point.

Apple is widely expected to unveil the headset at its Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) in June. According to Bloombergby Mark GurmanApple recently demoed the device in front of Apple’s top 100 executives at California’s Steve Jobs Theater, “suggesting a public unveiling is imminent.”

But behind the “glitzy” presentation, the Time suggests there has been internal turmoil over the future of the mixed reality headset. While that seems pretty normal when a company makes a foray into an entirely new product category (something Apple has done several times in the past), the Time says things are different this time.

“Internal skeptics wonder if the new device is a solution in search of a problem”

Some internal skeptics have questioned whether the new device is a solution in search of a problem. Time writes. “Unlike the iPod, which put digital songs in people’s pockets, and the iPhone, which combined the capabilities of a music player and a phone, the headset wasn’t driven by the same clarity.”

According to the TimeDoubts from both employees and Apple leaders have some employees wondering if the company will delay the headset launch. However, it doesn’t look like that will happen, as sources tell Time that a June launch is still in the works, as “headset production is underway” ahead of its scheduled reveal in just a few months.