Following several months of delays, the last we heard from Meta was that they expected the Meta 2 AR dev kit to begin “volume shipping” in August. Now as we approach the end of the month it appears that the company is confident about ramping up shipping and says the headset’s $950 pre-order price will expire on Monday, August 28th, after which it will be raised to $1,500.
Meta announced the Meta 2 dev kit back in early 2016 and expected to begin shipping the headset at the end of that year. That didn’t quite pan out, and in July 2017 the company acknowledged that they ran into manufacturing issues. At the beginning of August they said they expected to begin “volume shipping” in mid-Q3, and it seems that projection was on track.
The company has finally removed the “pre-order” language from their website (in favor of “order”) , and the order page now specifies that the pre-order pricing of $950 is still available until Monday, August 28th, after which it will be raised to $1,500. Given the wording (“the pre-order price is expiring on Monday”), it isn’t clear if that means that the deadline is the end of the day Sunday, or the end of the day Monday (or which timezone). We’ve reached out to the company for clarity.