Apple to Launch iPad Pro With 3D Sensor in Early 2020, AR Headset in 2021

Following a report from The Information that Apple will be launching its AR headset in 2022Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman has published a report detailing Apple’s AR/VR plans. Apple first intends to launch a new iPad Pro with a 3D system in the first half of 2020.
The new iPad Pro will come with two camera sensors and include “a small hole for the 3D systems” that will let people create a 3D image of rooms, objects etc. The 3D sensor will also be added to 2020 iPhones that will launch later in the year.

A new iPad Pro for release as early as the first half of 2020 will feature a new module with two camera sensors, up from one on the current model, and a small hole for the 3-D system, letting people create three-dimensional reconstructions of rooms, objects and people. The Cupertino, California-based technology giant also plans to add the sensor to new high-end iPhones later in 2020, along with 5G networking capabilities, said the people, who asked not to be identified discussing unannounced products.

The 3D system that Apple intends to use has been under development inside the company for a few years now. It is a more advanced version of the Face ID sensor that Apple uses on the iPhone X, iPhone XS, iPhone 11, etc. Apple engineers are also working on a new operating system called “rOS” for future headset and glasses. The OS will allow the AR headset/glasses to neatly integrate with iOS.

This will be followed by Apple launching AR/VR headset in 2021 or 2022. The headset will focus on gaming, watching videos, and meetings. After this, Apple will launch a sleek AR glasses in 2023. Citing a source, the report says that Apple had intended to have the technology for its AR headset ready by 2020 but then pushed it back.

Our Take

It is still unclear as to why Apple decided to push back the release of its AR headset to 2021 or 2022. Internal code in iOS 13 indicates that the company is working in full swing on its AR headset. It is possible that Apple has delayed the release due to the hardware not being ready for release or for further refining the product.

[Via Bloomberg]