Apple's first set of augmented-reality (AR) smart glasses will rely heavily on the iPhone in order to function, according to the latest predictions from the TF International Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. This time Kuo claimed that Apple plans to start production on its first AR product, a pair of smartglasses, by 2Q20 at the latest. Kuo was not too specific on the timeframe; he said at least by the end of the second quarter of 2020, the products will be mass-produced.
A top Apple analyst has hinted at the possibility that the iPhone maker might come out with an augmented reality (AR) headset much sooner than expected. It also discussed a completely new platform that would run on the headset called rOS (reality operating system).
However, this instantly might raise battery concerns of the iPhone, but it can also be believed that Apple's next bionic chipset preferably the A13 Bionic chip will assuredly be more compelling and superior in handling the required AR stuff for the Apple's AR product, which includes computing, internet connectivity, and location services. That is, the information you want to transmit will be processed on our iPhone and the result will be sent via Bluetooth to our glasses, similar to what can happen with our Apple Watch although it is more independent. 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.
Apple appears to be on track with its planned release schedule for the AR glasses, despite losing VR/AR engineer Avi Bar-Zeev in February.
A separate patent filed in 2017 described the creation of an AR headset. 9to5Mac was first to report on Kuo's note Friday; Apple didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.
In its walk-up to an AR headset, Apple has been offering opportunities for developers to build AR apps through its ARKit platform. CNET reported more recently that Apple has a headset in the works with an 8K display for each eye that's capable of running both AR and VR software.
At a shareholders meeting in February, Tim Cook offered hope to investors battered by Apple's shaky stock price by announcing that the company was "planting seeds" and "rolling the dice" on future products that will "blow you away".
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