Apple’s AR headset to go into mass production by Q2 2020

Isaac Cain
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.

Kuo expects Apple to start mass-producing its first set of AR glasses in late 2019 or early 2020 at the latest. Not only that, it appears that the company is fast-tracking the effort, too, as a new report is circulating online suggesting that Apple may begin mass production of its new AR glasses this very year.

Apple's rumored interest in building augmented reality hardware is pretty much as old as time, with speculation from multiple reliable sources over the years fueled by everything from seemingly related acquisitions and job postings to Tim Cook's honest excitement regarding the potential of AR technology.

While earlier rumours claimed the eye-worn wearable would run on a custom version of iOS internally dubbed "rOS" and would be powered by a "powerful" 5nm Apple-made processor, Kuo says the as-yet-unnamed glasses won't have their own CPU or graphics processor, and will instead need to be tethered to a nearby iPhone.

We're also anxious the battery of existing iPhones may not be able to power both the handset and headset for very long, but perhaps Apple will think of that and release a mobile device this year with a jumbo-sized cell. And the actual rendering, computing, internet connectivity and location services displayed on the AR headset will be coming from the iPhone while it's right there in the user's pocket.

Magic Leap's hardware includes a computing and battery pack left connected with a cable to a pair of smart goggles center and controlled with a wireless remote right

That seems like a distinctly Apple approach to AR. Cross your fingers we see more of the headset sooner rather than later. Compared to current offerings like Microsoft's HoloLens, the Apple Glasses (or whatever) will be aimed at consumers, not businesses, and will likely be considerably less expensive.

There are a lot of questions surrounding Apple's AR headsets, with the obvious one being the battery consumption on iPhone.

In November 2017, Apple revealed that an AR headset was indeed in the pipeline for the company.

Apple has yet to confirm Kuo's reports of such an AR device.

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