People obsessed with Apple products like the iPhone series and Apple watches always tend to pre-order them weeks before their would-be release date. But it seems like this isn’t the case with the new, allegedly, better reality headset.
As this is entirely a new product, we must understand the delay between the announcement and the availability, as we already saw it happen before with the first iPod, iPhone, and watch. Whenever Apple announces to launch a new product, it takes a little, or sometimes, an immense amount of time to make it ready as per expectations. This is what’s been taking place with the new Apple watches, as seeing everyone had to wait 227 days before laying their hands on this brand new watch.
This isn’t even the first major delay. Apple tends to do this while releasing an entirely new product altogether.
The original iPhone was introduced on Jan 9, 2007, but was released onto the market on June 29, 2007, which is a total of 171 days.
The original iPad was announced on Jan 27, 2010, but came onto the market on April 3, 2010, which makes it 66 days.
The original Apple Watch was announced on Sept 9, 2014, but was released on April 24, 2015, which makes it a total of 227 days.
All the above three scenarios show Apple’s delay in launching new major products. So, as seeing how headset’s going to be a new product of Apple, this might take more longer.
The delay also depends on various approvals and discussions, outside of Apple company, as seeing how the company doesn’t want any new details regarding the product to be leaked before they can post themselves.
It is highly rumored that the headset might release in 2022 and to be powered by two processors as announced by Ming-Chi Kyo who is a renowned Apple analyst.
While the Cupertino company is yet to announce any plans for AR or VR headsets in the coming year, Kuo believes that Apple could launch a powerful AR headset in the fourth quarter of 2022, according to a report by 9to5Mac. The rumored AR headset could feature processing capabilities similar to those of a Mac and could operate independently of a Mac (PC) or an iPhone (phone) while supporting a range of applications.
The analyst also believes that to provide the AR headset with its ecosystem, the company could position it “independently” of the iPhone and the Mac, instead of as an accessory. He also claims that the computing power required by the headset would be higher than that of the iPhone, which requires three optical modules running simultaneously. The AR headset, on the other hand, could require “at least” six to eight optical modules for “continuous see-through AR services,” according to the analyst.
Kuo also highly suspects that Apple might replace iPhone with AR gradually, in a decade. Although it seems confusing, rumors point out two different products: Apple’s AR headset and the company’s Mixed Reality headset, which Gurman has said will be “pricey”. Apple will benefit from this long schedule to create hype around this next big product category.