It is worth mentioning that the details of Kuo's report are perfectly aligned with a more than a year old Bloomberg story that alleged Apple would have the technology ready for an AR headset by 2019, with the goal of releasing the device in 2020.
According to Kuo, Apple's AR glasses will rely on the iPhone to power the features and will not act independently. It is believed that this product will hit the mass production by the year-end, but might entirely be provided by the second quarter of next year.
Apple has been rumored to be working on an augmented reality (AR) headset for years. The report also mentioned that the headset would run on a new customised operating system called "rOS" which would stand for "reality operating system" and would be based on iOS. The iPhone would do much of the computation, wireless networking, and global positioning, while the AR glasses would only process their fine position/orientation and display. Kuo's predictions are by no means ideal, but he has a better track record than most and is dialed-in to the supply chain Apple relies on.
True to those reports, Apple is recently showing more signs the speculated AR products will soon hit the market.
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Apple is investing heavily in Augmented Reality, to the degree where it seems some sort of future Apple eyewear is all but assured.
In its walk-up to an AR headset, Apple has been offering opportunities for developers to build AR apps through its ARKit platform. 9to5Mac first reported on the news.
Knowing Apple, they'll attempt to get most of the things right, but that will also mean charging a hefty price for the upcoming product.
"AR is going to take a while, because there are some really hard technology challenges there", Cook said during a talk with former Republican Sen.
In October 2017, Apple CEO Tim Cook talked to Vogue UK about what the tech giant believed augmented reality would be about. "Like we wonder how we lived without our phone today".