14 February 2022
It is time for another claim that corroborates the much-rumored 2022 launch timeline for Apple's first headset. The latest claim has been made by Bloomberg's Mark Gurman in his Power On weekly newsletter. He further added that Apple will only announce the headset next year and the actual availability of the device will take longer.
Gurman says that Apple surely has plans for announcing the first AR headset as soon as next year. It is the release of the headset that is expected to significantly more time. He suggests that the gap between the announcement and launch could be as long as it was for the original Apple Watch. The gap was over 200 days and there is a possibility this might stretch even further this time around.
One of the main reasons for such a significant delay in the release is due to Apple working with a number of partners to procure different types of components. The newsletter reads, "Apple’s first headset will have a complex, expensive-to-build design, complete with interchangeable lenses. The company will likely need to work with governments globally on possible prescription lenses and partner with a bevy of manufacturers on complex technologies that neither side has shipped before."
Another reason is to prevent the AR headset from getting leaked before it becomes available. We have seen that render and even in-hand product photo leaks have become very common nowadays. There have been multiple instances where every single detail about upcoming products gets leaked well ahead of the launch. Since AR headset will be a completely new product category for Apple, it does not want to kick it off with any such experience.