Meta just announced that Meta Connect 2022 will take place on October 11th, and we may finally get a glimpse of their next VR headset: Project Cambria.
While this year’s Meta Connect might not be as wild as last year’s event – which saw the company announce its bold metaverse ambitions and change its Facebook name – it should give us a better look at the successor to the Meta Oculus Quest 2, the so-called Cambria VR Headset Project.
It’s worth noting that while Meta didn’t explicitly say that Cambria – which will likely be officially called Quest Pro – will be in attendance, it was heavily hinted at.
For starters, Connect Meta 2021 promised that we would see the Cambria launch in 2022, which is just a few months away from finishing; combined with promise of this year’s show (opens in new tab) to give attendees “a look at what’s to come in the near and far future” for their metaverse ambitions and we can safely assume that Cambria will have some stage time.
But that is not all. Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg teased that we would see Meta’s “next VR headset” in October while appearing at the Joe Rogan Experience; one more post about Zuckerberg’s Facebook page (opens in new tab) that says “See you at Meta Connect on October 11”, we see him wearing a dark VR headset that looks nothing like a Quest 2, but very much like the Cambria render Meta project shared in 2021.
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So we’re pretty much guaranteed to see Meta show off their next VR headset during the October event. But will Apple get over it?
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At the time of writing, we’re just hours away from Apple’s next event – which will almost certainly be the iPhone 14 launch party.
But in addition to Apple’s new best smartphone, we’ll likely also see the long-awaited Apple Watch 8 and AirPods Pro 2 gain some stage time as well. But will that be all?
Apple has also (not so) been secretly working on its own VR headset – what we’re creatively calling the Apple VR headset – and some hope we can finally see it announced today. With Apple’s upcoming VR headsets and Meta seemingly targeting the same demographic (people after high-end VR and AR experiences that aren’t constrained by higher headset costs), it would make sense that Apple would want to get ahead of Meta and start building hype before Meta can steal the show.
Unfortunately, this will likely not be the case; today’s event will be all about the iPhone 14.
While this is just our speculation, it comes with a few points to back it up. Firstly, most rumors suggest a 2023 release for the Apple VR headset. Apple tends to announce and release its products in a relatively short period of time, so it’s unlikely to announce the headset today and delay it for several months before putting it on sale.
Plus, with the iPhone being such an important cog in Apple’s machine, he won’t want to risk overshadowing today’s announcement with a headphone reveal. The headset is pretty unique in terms of Apple devices and will almost certainly eclipse any products that launch alongside it. The iPhone 14 and the VR headset would only cannibalize each other in terms of media coverage, which could make one or both devices not get as much time in the spotlight as they needed to.
Instead, we’ll likely have to wait until October for a new reveal of the VR headset when Meta shows off Project Cambria.
After that it will be a race between Apple, Sony (with its PlayStation VR 2 headset) and ByteDance – with its rumored Pico 4 and Pico 4 Pro.