New WWDC 2022 tidbits surface ahead of event next week

The rumors: A number of interesting notes about WWDC and Apple’s upcoming headset have been shared in a new report from The New York Times (not yet tracked).

Here are the most interesting tidbits…

  • The AR/VR headset is real and coming…just not until sometime next year
  • Apple is working with Hollywood directors like Jon Favreau to create custom video content for the headset
  • At the event on Monday, Apple will “unveil software tools that would allow apps to add new camera and voice functionality, laying the groundwork for a hands-free interface that customers will eventually be able to navigate on the headset”
  • The report echoes that software will be the focus of WWDC this year, but a new MacBook Air with “slimmer borders” is also possible
  • Apple’s headset has been delayed until 2023 because of initial, weak computing power followed more recent issues with battery life
  • There’s also a new devkit coming on Monday that will give “software developers new abilities to trigger shortcuts inside their apps using Siri and QR codes, interactions that will be leveraged in future headsets”

Sam’s take: This entire report reads to me as Apple wanting to set expectations that their headset will not be shown off at WWDC on June 6. Some interesting tidbits, sure, but largely just a corroboration of what we’ve been hearing from other sources. Hardware-wise, it looks like we might only see a new MacBook Air on Monday…