Reliable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claims that Apple’s AR headset will launch in early 2020 and will enter into mass production in Q4 of this year.
This is something that the analyst had claimed in one of his previous notes as well. This time, however, he says that Apple will collaborate with third-party brands to launch the AR headset in Q2 2020. It is unclear as to what exactly this means and if Apple will work with major brands in the eyewear market like Ray-Ban, Armani etc.
He further adds that Apple will be marketing the AR headset as an iPhone accessory, with all the processing and computing workload being driven by the phone. This will ensure that the AR Glasses are light and comfortable to wear. It sounds like Apple is working on a Gear VR or Google Daydream like VR headset instead of a Google Glass-like device.
iOS 13 already contains a number of references to an AR headset from Apple which makes it clear that its launch is imminent.
The analyst also mentions in his note that Apple will launch the iPhone SE 2 and new iPad Pro models in the first half of 2020. He has already predicted that the iPhone SE 2 will feature an iPhone 8-like design and an A13 chipset. Apple will also release new MacBooks with Scissor switch keyboards around the same time. The company is expected to announce a 16-inch MacBook Pro later this month. Thus, it makes sense for Apple to gradually upgrade its entire MacBook lineup with scissor-switch keyboard mechanism over the next few months to a year.
As for the new iPad Pro model, it will come with a ToF camera which is also expected to make its way to the 2020 iPhones. Apple is widely expected to announce a refresh of its iPad Pro lineup this month. It would be odd for the company to go ahead and again announce new iPads six months from now. So, it is possible that the company will not refresh its iPad Pro lineup this year and instead do it directly next year.