And now, according to a new report from Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo (via MacRumors), the company is now targeting a Q2 2020 release, which means the new AR headset could launch along with the 2020 iPhones.
Following hints about a potential Apple AR headset found in iOS 13 earlier this autumn, a new report from a well respected Apple analyst suggests that Apple's AR glasses could arrive as early as the first half of 2020. However, because Apple's rumoured headset would presumably never be very far from its companion iPhone, concerns about ultra-wideband's limited range wouldn't really be an issue.
Later on, Kuo expects Apple to partner with third-pary makers to build an AR headset, which will rely on an iPhone for the data processing and connectivity, but will provide its own screens (AR is not like VR, you cant use a phone screen). Rumors of such a headset have persisted for years at this point, and after all that talk, we may finally see Apple's AR hardware launch at some point next year. In that case, the technology could be used in conjunction with a smartphone, but also with "semi-transparent spectacle or glasses" or both devices in tandem with each other. It will feature a 3D Time of Flight sensor on the back, targeted at a better Augmented Reality experience. The patent, filed in March 2019 and known as Display System Having Sensors, indicates that Apple is researching how mixed (or augmented) reality might translate from cellphones to glasses.
Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Fox News.