Apple's AR Headset Expected in Second Quarter of 2020
11 October, 2019, 16:54
Apple super-analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is back with a raft of predictions about Apple's 2020 pipeline including the Apple AR Glasses, a new MacBook keyboard and an iPad Pro with a 3D sensor (rear time-of-flight camera) for better augmented reality support. However, Mr. Kuo has brought forward his predicted time of release and the analyst now believes the launch window for the product will fall in the second quarter of 2020. However, it is unclear whether it would be an upgrade for the MacBook Pro range or a new MacBook range altogether. It will reportedly wirelessly offload computing, networking and location-related tasks to the iPhone. Going by Kuo's claims, it is possible that the new iPad Pro could be launched during the same timeline.
Later on, Kuo expects Apple to partner with third-pary makers to build an AR headset, which will rely on an iPhone for the data processing and connectivity, but will provide its own screens (AR is not like VR, you cant use a phone screen).
In the second quarter of 2020, the release of the Apple AR headset will apparently take place following the launch of a new MacBook with an improved scissor-switch keyboard.
The most interesting aspect of this report is the launch of Apple AR headsets.
Apple has optimised the software and hardware on the iPhone 11 Pro Max to deliver an enhanced battery life.
Shortly after the supposed cancellation, code found in Xcode 11 and iOS 13 confirmed that Apple was still working on an augmented reality headset of some kind, with an icon surfacing that depicted what appeared to be an AR or VR headset that looked similar to the Google Cardboard.
Apple is expected to launch iPhone XR successor next week along with its premium iPhones.
The company is also said to be readying several other devices for the first half of 2020.
It's also worth noting that Apple may even debut the AR glasses (or at least tease them) as early as this year - and possibly this month.