According to Ming-Chi Kuo, a top Apple analyst with TF Securities, the tech giant is expected to begin production of its augmented reality headsets by the end of the year.
Kuo believes that the company will start production on the AR glasses as soon as Q4 this year but mass production may not start until late Q2 of 2020.
For consumers this means they may not be able to get their hands on a headset until summer 2020 at earliest.
According to Kuo, the headset is likely to sync up with an iPhone.
“We think, due to technology limitations, that Apple will integrate its head-worn AR device and iPhone,” wrote Kuo.
“The former is in charge of the display, and the latter is in charge of computing, Internet access, indoor navigation, and outdoor navigation.
Although there is still much room for improvement for Apple’s first-generation head-worn AR device, we believe that this product will offer an all-new user experience and define the AR user interface. If Apple’s competitors launch products related to AR in the future, they may copy Apple’s design features.”
It was in 2017 that Bloomberg had reported that Apple was working on an AR headset.
At the time CEO Tim Cook said, “Today I can tell you that the technology itself doesn’t exist to do that in a quality way,” he said. “There have been improvements, but AR is still very limited in what it offers, largely because there’s a huge gap in the field of view inside headsets.”
Disclaimer: We have no position in Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) and have not been compensated for this article.