It’s been a few months, so it’s time for another rumour about Apple making an augmented-reality headset or goggles or similar face-worn device.
This time it’s KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who’s often quoted making predictions about future Apple products, with a decent record of accuracy (or at least: better than Music Ally’s record – we’re still waiting for our ‘Apple making a Yellow Submarine Beatles-themed iPod’ tip-off from 2007 to come good). Anyway, Kuo says that Apple’s first AR headset could go into mass-production by the end of this year, or at the latest Q2 2020 – which would suggest a launch later that year.
“The analyst says that the AR glasses will essentially act as a display only with the actual computing, rendering, internet connectivity and location services coming from the iPhone in the user’s pocket,” reported Apple-focused news site 9 to 5 Mac. “Depending on the iPhone would enable Apple to create an AR headset that is much lighter and more comfortable to wear than trying to pack everything into the unit, a la Oculus Go. However, it is also raises obvious questions like how much battery life on your iPhone will need to be sacrificed to drive the AR experience on your face.”