At every opportunity, Apple talks about its much-expected augmented reality glasses. However, this dream has been limited to ARKit apps users can use on iPhone and iPad. There are many reports about Apple’s AR headset.
However, this time Apple seems to be serious about the AR project as noted analyst Ming-Chi Kuo reports that Apple’s augmented reality glasses will see the light of day in the fourth quarter of 2019. In his reports, Kuo also mentioned that the product is likely to be produced by the second quarter of 2020 at the latest.
Apple’s AR Headset Likely to Be Another iPhone Accessory
About the product, Kuo says that the first generation AR glasses will rely heavily on the iPhone, which will act as a computational hub for AR headset. This means iPhone will perform main tasks including computing, rendering, internet connectivity, and location services; while AR glasses will remain a display.
Like Apple Watch, people can pair or connect the AR headset with the iPhone.
Unlike Oculus Go, Apple is planning to manufacture a lighter and more comfortable headset. But then Apple has to face a challenge of battery life of the iPhone, which will be driving the glasses.
Although iPhone will work as CPU for the headset, Apple has to take much pain for designing display and manufacturing depth sensors of its AR headset.
Notably, in November 2017, Bloomberg had published a report about the launch of AR glasses in 2020. Unlike Kuo’s report, Bloomberg’s claimed that
“Apple’s device will have its own display and run on a new chip and operating system.”
Apple has high hopes of AR headset’s success. If Apple expedites manufacturing in the last quarter of 2019, we can expect the launch of glasses in 2020.
It has been Apple’s tradition not to be the first mover in any segment. The tech giant is noted for launching high-quality products after in-depth research and development in its lab.
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