Apple's Augmented Reality Headset Could Go Into Production This Year

Apple's Augmented Reality Headset Could Go Into Production This Year

Over the years, Apple's AR glasses have been rumored repeatedly, but Kuo deems mass production could start as soon as this September, but no later than the middle of next year.

According to Kuo, Apple's AR glasses will be marketed as an iPhone accessory and primarily take a display role while wirelessly offloading computing, networking, and positioning to the iPhone. The device will require an iPhone, a sharp change from the rumors of two years ago, when Apple was reportedly working on its own "reality operating system", or rOS, and a custom processor/chipset for the device.

"We think, due to technology limitations, that Apple will integrate its head-worn AR device and iPhone", Kuo wrote. Apple's AR glasses are expected to depend on the phone for all processing, scene rendering, data connectivity and location services. But for now, we just have to wait a bit more until the end of this year to get more stuff on these AR products.

True to those reports, Apple is recently showing more signs the speculated AR products will soon hit the market. Using the same tech and small IR cameras, Apple's glasses could track your hands to interact with virtual objects. However, both headsets from Microsoft and Magic Leap are expensive.

Kuo didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

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Apart from a new range of ThinkPad and Chromebook laptops, Lenovo also unveiled Yoga ANC headphones designed for immersive entertainment or productivity.

From a patent filing by Apple in 2008.

A patent application published last month suggests that Apple is at least considering how smartphones and headsets can work together to run AR apps because it includes an illustration of a person wearing a headset while manipulating a smartphone.

Apple has repeatedly shown signs it's developing an augmented reality headset but not much has been seen since all the speculations began. He correctly predicted that Apple would release a 5.8-inch iPhone with an OLED display in 2017, for example, which turned out to be the iPhone X. He was also right when he said Apple would release a new 4-inch iPhone in 2016 instead of 2015, as the company did when it debuted the iPhone SE.

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