The mixed actuality headset that rumors have beforehand mentioned as in progress is due for launch by 2022, a new report states. Apple isn’t stopping there, nonetheless, as augmented actuality glasses are set to launch by 2025 and contact lenses by the next decade.
In a evaluation discover with TF International Securities — a Hong Kong-based analyst company that offers financial institutions with asset administration suppliers and suggestion — obtained by Macrumors, well-regarded analyst Ming-Chi Kuo writes that Apple’s mixed-reality/augmented actuality roadmap prediction consists of three phases: first a helmet-type headset by 2022, a glasses-style gadget by 2025, and a contact lens gadget between 2030 and 2040.
“We foresee that the helmet product will current AR and VR experiences, whereas glasses and contact lens styles of merchandise often are inclined to take care of AR features,” Kuo writes.
Kuo moreover notes that the anticipated price for the headset will seemingly be $1000, one-third the price that was rumored in February. He moreover says that the current prototypes of the headset weigh someplace between 200 and 300 grams, nonetheless Apple is trying to chop again that by 100 to 200 grams for the final word design to make it lots lighter than many present VR/AR headsets out there available on the market, subsequently the extreme price.
Kuo supplies that it’ll be equipped with Sony’s micro-OLED reveals and exterior optical modules to permit the augmented actuality experience, nonetheless can also operate as a VR headset. This echoes the rumor published by The Intercept in February. It must be transportable and have its private computing power and storage nonetheless isn’t designed to be a cell gadget like an iPhone or iPad.
The reported glasses and contact lenses are part of the roadmap that Kuo predicts, however it certainly’s unclear how the analyst is coming to those conclusions. The “Apple Glasses” would provide an “optical see-through AR experience” and may very well be positioned additional like a cell product, which is analogous to the now-defunct Google Glass. The contact lenses report is part of Kuo’s far-future prediction and equipped few particulars.
Whereas the Google AR/VR headset has not been various rumors, Kuo’s report, which is designed to inform consumers, lends extra credence to Apple’s foray into the sphere.