Apple's AR glasses won't launch until 2022 at the earliest

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in General Discussion edited June 2020
Apple's long-rumored augmented reality or mixed reality glasses will a few years to develop, and won't launch until 2022, according to well-connected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

Credit: Magic Leap
Credit: Magic Leap


The Cupertino tech giant has been rumored to be developing some type of AR/MR glasses or headset for some time. While Apple has never publicly acknowledged the existence of that project, it has allegedly offered a rough release timeline of 2022 to employees.

In a research note seen by AppleInsider, TF Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo corroborated that timeline, citing supply chain information from GIS -- rumored to be one of Apple's primary partners for AR lens lamination.

Kuo added that the lamination costs for the so-called "Apple Glasses" are likely to be high, since the device would require multiple layers of lamination to "create (an) innovative MR/AR user experience."

That updated forecast is also far later than Kuo originally anticipated. In October 2019, the analyst claimed that Apple could launch its AR glasses in early 2020.

Apple has continued to quietly develop technology for a head-mounted AR experience. In March, it applied for a series of patents for systems like displaying high-resolution AR images and mixing real-world objects with virtual reality. The rumored internal meeting also suggests that Apple will release a pair of AR glasses as well as an AR headset-type device.

The device itself will likely offer capabilities already introduced in Apple's ARKit framework, and could use a suite of 3D sensors similar to the new LiDAR system in the 2020 iPad Pro.

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 5
    bushman4bushman4 Posts: 856member
    Apples  AR GLASEES  are several years away
    2022 is optimistic in normal times. And needless to say these are not normal times
  • Reply 2 of 5
    Rayz2016Rayz2016 Posts: 6,957member
    bushman4 said:
    Apples  AR GLASEES  are several years away
    2022 is optimistic in normal times. And needless to say these are not normal times
    He doesn’t have any idea when they’re going to be released. He’ll just keep moving the date until it shows up. 
  • Reply 3 of 5
    FatmanFatman Posts: 513member
    The longer it takes the smaller they’ll get
  • Reply 4 of 5
    dewmedewme Posts: 5,264member
    If the 2022 version looks anything like the picture I’m willing to wait until 2032, or longer. 
    80s_Apple_Guyfrantisek
  • Reply 5 of 5
    fastasleepfastasleep Posts: 6,394member
    dewme said:
    If the 2022 version looks anything like the picture I’m willing to wait until 2032, or longer. 
    They won't look anything like Magic Leap (more like Tragic Leap amirite?)
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