Will the successor to the iPhone be an augmented reality headset? Apple, according to specialized sites such as 9to5mac, will announce the latest news on June 5, among these there should be the Reality Pro: the company's first augmented and virtual reality viewers.

The occasion will be the annual developer conference, known as the Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC), scheduled from 5 to 9 June. It will be mostly online meetings, a way to allow a wider participation of interested parties, although the opening keynote will also be in presence, at the Apple Park in Cupertino. The American giant, in an official statement, speaks of a 'special event', without providing many details about it.

Tim Cook could, according to rumors, reveal the Reality Pro to the world. This year's online program will include sessions, one-on-one labs, and opportunities to interact with Apple engineers and other developers. WWDC 23 is also an opportunity to support students who try their hand at coding with the Swift Student Challenge.

The Swift Student Challenge is one of the many Apple programs designed for developers and students of all ages with a passion for programming, who are invited to create an app on a topic of their choice with the help of Swift Playgrounds, a platform for iPad and Mac that allows you to learn the programming language in an interactive and fun way. The conference is also expected to announce upcoming operating systems for Apple products, including iOS 17, iPadOS 17, tvOS 17, watchOs 10 and macOS 14.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook

The only launch event will be held, in person, at Apple's headquarters in Cupertino. This year, Apple could unveil its new headset for augmented and virtual reality.

In just over a month, Apple could therefore make its "metaverse" known, although today the metaverse gathers less enthusiasm from investors and consumers than last year. In an interview with GQ, the CEO of the Californian group, Tim Cook, let something filter through.

Without providing precise information, Cook praised augmented reality, which allows, he said, to "superimpose things from the digital world on the real world" to "improve communication between people and connections with others."

"It's the idea that there's this environment that could be even better than the real world," he argued.

Several observers and analysts have therefore bet that a viewer for augmented and virtual reality (AR and VR) will be presented in June, during the WWDC. For Daniel Ives of Wedbush Securities, the "glasses" will cost about $2,500.

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Apple's Virtual Reality Device at WWDC 2017