Mar 14, 2019

Apple to Start Producing iPhone-Powered AR Glasses At the End of 2019

Apple's noted analyst reveals that the Cupertino, California-based firm could begin the production of dedicated AR glasses as early as the end of 2019.

Since the rumor started in 2017 in regards to Apple's ambition to release its own AR (Augmented Reality) headset, not much has been heard about it. Until today, of course, when the company's noted analyst has finally released his much-awaited predictions.

According to Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple could now be slated to begin the production of its AR glasses as early as the fourth quarter of 2019 and no later than the second quarter of 2020. Moreover, he added that these glasses could be developed as an iPhone accessory and that they'd be coming with their own display. These accessories are also bound to outsource processing, alongside positional tracking and networking duties to the iPhone.

Kuo also said that the AR glasses won't come with their dedicated graphics processor or CPU. As it is, these accessories would rely on a connected iOS device to power up the AR experience. Apart from having their own display, these glasses would also come with camera sensors and wireless connectivity features, which should ultimately make them a little lighter than usual and wouldn't consume battery power that much.

All in all, Kuo predicted that Apple's own AR glasses would be less expensive than the rest of its competition.

If this pans out, it wouldn't be the first time that Apple will have a successful venture in the world of AR. Back in 2017, the company released its first augmented reality software dubbed as ARKit. A year after, the firm released the ARKit 2 which already came with added support for multiplayer AR. It also introduced the USDZ, an AR-specific file format.

Apple's purported plans to further their accessories department aren't exactly new for most as the company is now looking elsewhere to grow their revenues on as its iPhone sales have been slowing down lately. Their planned decision to expand their accessories should prove to be advantageous to them as this segment has seen some decisive growth recently.

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