The wait goes on for Apple's hotly anticipated AR/VR headset, but there are hints that we may get a glimpse of the device next year.
Mark Gurman, Bloomberg's knowledgeable Apple reporter, writes in his latest Power On newsletter that Apple plans to unveil a headset some time in 2022. However, that doesn't mean it will actually go on sale in the same year.
"I expect the gap between the introduction of Apple's first headset - scheduled for as early as next year - to be sizeable and perhaps rival that of the original Apple Watch," Gurman writes in his newsletter.
That's ominous. There were 227 days between the original Apple Watch's announcement and its release.
There are practical reasons why the company will need additional time to get the device ready for market.
"Apple's first headset will have a complex, expensive-to-build design, complete with interchangeable lenses," Gurman explains. "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."
Yet the long gap between the headset's unveiling and launch, Gurman believes, will be a positive for Apple, not a negative: it will be important in building hype around a new product category. One possibility would be for Apple to showcase the headset during WWDC in June 2022 and release it towards the end of 2022 (this would fit neatly in the autumn rush, when the company routinely holds two or even three events in the final months of the year) or in 2023.
You can keep up with the latest rumours with our regularly updated Apple AR headset news hub.