While Apple’s long-rumored mixed-reality headset continues facing delays, there is a new report that suggests that the tech giant has been developing its AR glasses at the same time. The augmented-reality glasses are expected to be released in 2024 alongside Apple’s second-generation AR/VR headset, reports Haitong Intl Tech Research analyst Jeff Pu.
2024 could see the release of Apple’s first AR glasses
According to Pu (via 9to5Mac), Luxshare will continue to be one of Apple’s main suppliers between late 2022 and 2024. The company is expected to manufacture the iPhone 14, Apple Watch Series 8, and Apple’s AR/VR headset for the tech giant. The most interesting part of the research note is Pu’s prediction that Apple will release new augmented AR glasses in the second half of 2024.
As of right now, not much is known about Apple’s AR glasses since they are still ways away from being tested and subsequently released to consumers. We do know that the AR glasses will feature heavy integration with iPhone and iPad before further expansion.
It is also expected that the glasses will be equipped with 3D sensors and will run on realityOS, the same alleged software that Apple’s AR/VR headset will be equipped with. The glasses will likely have a thick frame to house the battery and much like Apple’s other products – will feature a hefty price tag.
Now, let’s talk about Apple’s mixed-reality headset. Apple is already working on its second-generation AR headset, before even launching its first generation. The second-generation AR headset is expected to feature a lighter design, a new battery system, and a faster processor.
Pu predicts Apple’s first-generation AR/VR headset will arrive in early 2023. This can be corroborated by TF Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo who predicts that the headset will arrive in the second quarter of 2023, a bit later than previously forecasted.
Apple’s mixed-reality headset is expected to feature two M1-like chips which will power three displays that use OLED technology with 3,000 PPI and Fresnel’s hybrid ultra-short focal length lenses.
Apple is creating the product for short periods of use. In terms of price, it is expected to cost several thousand dollars since the first-generation headset will be higher-end, aimed at professionals and developers to expand Apple’s ecosystem in AR/VR.