Apple AR glasses might launch in 2020 as an iPhone accessory

Apple to Release an AR Headset Next Year

Apple Will Start Making AR Glasses As Soon As the End of 2019

According to Kuo, Apple's AR glasses will rely on the iPhone to power the features and will not act independently. However, it might not end up as a stand-alone device.

Nearly a year ago, we wrote about a report from CNet that Apple is working on a wireless AR/VR headset for release in 2020.

Apple made its first major step into the AR world with the release of ARKit, its augmented reality platform for developers, which spawned numerous apps for the iPhone and the iPad.

Kuo said the first-generation of AR glasses will not have its own CPU or graphics processor. The computing done by the iPhone will clock positioning, internet connectivity, and processing.

Now there's a report that mentions that Apple's rumoured head-mounted AR device could be ready by mid-2020.

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The analyst note is the latest of many breadcrumbs that indicate Apple has been working and refining the AR glasses for a while.

It describes the creation of a virtual user interface that can be used on a device resembling an iPhone, as well as a wireless headset.

The belief is also that the new product will pair with an iPhone using similar methods to how the Apple Watch now pairs, and that would certainly work if Kuo's belief in a headset and iPhone relationship is accurate. The display, much like the display in Oculus Rift or HTC Vive, that is. Not only do you get a better form factor, higher graphics quality, longer battery life, and a cheaper price tag, but it will keep people tied to the ecosystem and even prompt some to jump ship and buy an iOS device - if the thing delivers on its futuristic promises. There is also the challenge of fitting the headset with built-in depth sensors and display. Most rumors and inside reports have called for a less-than-ambitious Apple approach in this fledgling market, and Kuo is once again supporting the iPhone-connected theory. That means that Apple's headset/glasses could be quite small and light. This headgear was slated for mass production by 2019 and shipping by 2020.

In October 2017, Apple CEO Tim Cook talked to Vogue UK about what the tech giant believed augmented reality would be about. Previously, Gene Munster from Loup Ventures had said that Apple won't crank out AR glass until late 2021.

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