According to two independent market analysts, Apple would be planning to launch its long-awaited augmented reality glasses between the end of 2019 and the first half of 2020. The information is from the already known Ming-Chi Kuo. He is leaking information and giving predictions about Apple for years. Corroborating virtually everything he said, we also have Guo Minghao. He is from investment bank Tianfeng International Securities.
Both reported a major shift in Apple’s plans for dedicated augmented reality hardware. In 2017, rumors indicated that the company was working on an independent device, in the mold of Microsoft’s HoloLens. It would have its own operating system, the rOS.
At the moment, however, there is talk of an “Apple Glasses”. Or whatever the official name of the product. It would work as an accessory for the iPhone. In this way, the device would be much more compact and lightweight. It would leave all the processing power to the company’s smartphones.
Apple’s augmented reality glasses could be lightweight and function as a wireless display for iPhones.
Unlike HoloLens 2, this product would be aimed at the end consumer.
With that, augmented reality glasses would be just a display connected to wireless phones. This will allow use in open and closed spaces. Unlike HoloLens 2 , however, such a product would be targeted at the ultimate consumer, not at companies.
All the spatial positioning necessary for the processing of the images would also be provided by the sensors of the cellphone itself. In this way, we will be able to see an upcoming iPhone with very advanced sensors in 2019, preparing for possible compatibility with the new augmented reality glasses.
A decade of patents
Apple has been working on virtual reality patents and augmented it for about ten years. But has not yet released any dedicated product. iOS already has some features and apps that use its ARKit for augmented reality right on the phone. But nothing has materialized in a hardware product.
Kuo and Minghao talk about a commercial launch in the first half of 2020. But it’s important to note that none of them work at Apple. They only rely on sources linked to the company. It would not be surprising, too, if none of these materialized. Since we are dealing with rumors.