A new DigiTimes report claims that Apple could launch its AR glasses by 2022. The report states that Taiwan-based optical component suppliers are already working on developing Apple’s smart glasses.
At this point, it is clear that Apple is indeed working on a pair of smart glasses. Plenty of references to the headset have been found in iOS 13 and other reputable sources have also confirmed the same. What is unclear is when Apple plans on launching this AR headset and what all features it will offer.
Taiwan-based optical component suppliers are engaged in the development of Apple’s augmented reality smart glasses, which may be commercialized by 2022, according to industry sources.
The last rumor surrounding the AR headset pointed to Apple partnering with Valve for it. Reputed Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo had claimed that Apple could launch its AR headset in 2020, though the chances of that happening are admittedly looking quite slim. A report from The Information last year had claimed that Apple executives discussed the launch time frame of the AR headset and glasses, with a potential 2022 launch on the cards. This would then be followed by the release of a sleeker AR glasses in 2023. As for the headset, it would look similar to the Oculus Quest.
It is unclear how Apple’s first AR headset will look like and what all features it will pack. Apple could possibly try and include a LiDAR scanner — first seen on the 2020 iPad Pro — on its AR headset as it would allow for a rich and unique AR experience. The first iteration of the glasses are rumored to rely on the iPhone for all the processing work which makes sense given the power and battery life limitations that such a device poses. The company is working on a new AR app and new AR experiences for iOS 14. The company is very bullish on AR and it is clear that it is only a matter of time before it brings its first AR headset to the market.[Via DigiTimes]