Apple AR glasses could go on sale in 2020

Donna Miller
March 10, 2019

As per a report by Macrumors, Apple analyst, Ming-Chi Kuo states that the AR glasses by Apple will be out in the market as accessories for the iPhone and mainly play the role of the display while being connected to the iPhone wirelessly.

According to Kuo, Apple will begin the mass production of these AR products by the end of this year which might take place until the second quarter of 2020 and will be finally available in Q2 2020. Nevertheless, there isn't exactly a booming market at the moment for AR or VR glasses that are compatible with the iPhone, so this will allow Apple to test the waters without investing in a product as complex, unwieldy, or expensive as the Oculus Go and its ilk. The publication said the device would run on a custom version of iOS called rOS (Reality Operating System) and, unlike similar efforts from Google and Samsung, wouldn't be powered by a smartphone. The iPhone would do much of the computation, wireless networking, and global positioning, while the AR glasses would only process their fine position/orientation and display.

Apple's long-rumored augmented reality glasses will finally arrive in 2020, according to a trusted analyst. All we can hopefully do is to expect it to be slimmer, less heavy and more comfortable in wearing, unlike what we have seen on the earlier AR headsets from the contemporaries. It also sounds like the iPhone will not have to be slotted into the headset for the glasses to work - 9to5Mac said that the phone will be capable of powering the headset from a user's pocket.

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From a patent filing by Apple in 2008.

Kuo has been accurate in the past when making predictions about upcoming Apple products. We already knoq that that Tim Cook belives that AR will be huge and he is placing a big bet on it. Although there is still much room for improvement for Apple's first-generation head-worn AR device, we believe that this product will offer an all-new user experience and define the AR user interface.

More recently, Cook was asked in a June 2017 interview with Bloomberg Businessweek about his thoughts on AR being "at the heart of the company's future".

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