Monday’s top tech news: an Apple headset this year? Finally?


It’s been rumored for years, but 2023 might finally see Apple launch its long awaited mixed reality headset. That’s according to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman (and previously reported by Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo), who reports that the device could be revealed ahead of this year’s WWDC, ready to ship this fall. There’s no guarantee that Apple will actually hit this internal deadline (it’s apparently having issues with drop testing), but its announcement still seems closer than ever.

In the more immediate future, Raspberry Pi has a new camera module it’s announcing today. The big addition with the Camera Module 3 is autofocus support, which should allow Pi users to take crisper photographs with the diminutive DIY computers. There are also reports that Apple is preparing to open its first stores in India, a country that’s an increasingly important manufacturing hub for the company.

Finally, if you missed out on our CES coverage this year, then I heartily recommend giving our CES awards a read as a nice summary of the biggest announcements of the show. You can find a complete roundup of our coverage here; just be warned that it’s a little… exhaustive.

For now, here’s a silly tweet to start your day:

  • Jan 9, 2023, 8:27 PM UTCJay Peters

    Horizon Worlds is getting a new ‘Account Status’ feature and a way to prevent vote-to-kick spam. They’re useful additions but also feel like things that should have been added long ago.

  • Jan 9, 2023, 7:07 PM UTCMia Sato

    The company began testing a home feed without the Shop tab last year. Starting in February, the app’s main navigation will look different for all users.

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    Roblox is coming to Meta Quest.

    That’s one of the scoops in the first edition of my new newsletter for The Verge called Command Line, which hit inboxes last Thursday. Also in the edition: an exclusive on how Meta is attempting to fix the bureaucracy in its Reality Labs vision (who knew “pre-meetings” were a thing?), a chat over DM with Jack Dorsey about the promise of decentralized social media, and an interview with Shopify’s COO about the company’s plan to kill meetings.

    Subscribe to Command Line to get last week’s edition in your inbox and the next one when it arrives this Thursday.

  • Jan 9, 2023, 6:50 PM UTCAndrew J. Hawkins

    Musk said he would update the driver-assist system to allow certain drivers to turn off steering wheel warnings, which apparently caught the attention of federal regulators at NHTSA.

  • Transferring games between PCs (and Steam Decks) is about to get easier.

    Why re-download a game on Steam Deck if you’ve already got it installed on another PC? Valve has been asking itself that question, too! SteamDB noticed it’s working on a feature where you can transfer games directly over LAN, saving time and/or your data cap.

    Steam’s existing vestigial backup feature didn’t work well with Deck; can’t wait to do this instead.

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    Xbox event expected on January 25th.

    Microsoft is rumored to be holding a special Xbox event later this month. Windows Central reports a “Developer_Direct” games show will be held on January 25th with Arkane, Bethesda, and more.

    Games like Redfall, Forza Motorsport, and Minecraft Legends are all expected to appear, but Starfield might be skipping the show entirely. Microsoft is expected to announce this event in the coming days.

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    The Supreme Court won’t block WhatsApp’s lawsuit against the developer of the Pegasus spyware.

    In 2019, WhatsApp sued the Israel-based NSO Group for allegedly accessing its servers and deploying Pegasus spyware, allowing it to surveil 1,400 people on the app. With the Supreme Court’s approval, the case will move forward in a California Northern District court.