Apple’s next event (Far Out) is set for Wednesday, September 7, and Apple fans are sure to be in for a treat.
Alongside the iPhone 14 announcements we’ve come to expect, we’ll likely also see the new Apple Watch 8, Apple Watch SE 2 and maybe even the AirPods Pro 2 gracing Apple’s Cupertino stage.
But one Apple product that’s pretty much guaranteed not to show up is the Apple VR headset; so don’t get your hopes up – it probably won’t appear in 2022.
The Apple VR headset – which the trademarks reveal will likely be called the Reality Pro or Reality One – hasn’t been officially recognized by Apple, but that hasn’t stopped a steady stream of rumors coming out of California in recent years. The leaks not only revealed its existence, but hinted at its features and the various development challenges it faced.
These challenges have caused Apple’s VR headset to face multiple delays, with its current launch apparently scheduled for early 2023. Over the past few months, multiple sources have corroborated the launch year as 2023, making an announcement at this September 2022 event highly unlikely.
But aside from the release date, there’s another reason we don’t expect Apple’s VR headset to appear: the iPhone 14.
Analysis: Apple can’t outshine the iPhone 14
For Apple’s other 2022 events (like WWDC 2022), we thought the 2023 rumor could be incorrect. Not just because fewer sources corroborated it, but because the events themselves seemed to benefit from the shock and wonder factor that an Apple VR headset announcement would bring. That’s not the case for an iPhone ad.
Whether out of love or hate, the new iPhone often attracts a lot of attention. Apple fans, unsurprisingly, will be ready to celebrate its updates, while its detractors will be keen to share unfavorable comparisons to the iPhone 13, iPhone 12 and Samsung Galaxy S22 – pointing out that its ‘updates’ are either negligible or are on Android. years ago.
Either way, the iPhone 14 will be filling your news feeds for the next week.
If Apple also showed off its VR headset, it would just be doing one or both gadgets a disservice. Either the headset’s uniqueness will make the iPhone 14 not captivate the news cycle as expected, or the iPhone 14’s popularity will cause the headset to lose precious time in the spotlight — time necessary if Apple wants to. show the device as a worthy rival to Meta’s already popular Oculus Quest 2 and the upcoming Project Cambria.
With these factors in mind, the Apple VR headset will likely be absent from this and the rest of Apple’s 2022 events. The same is also true of its supposed AR smart glasses – the so-called Apple Glasses – as they are rumored to be released even later (read 2024).
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