Apple’s mixed reality headset has been in the spotlight for the past few months. The famous analyst specializing in the products of the Cupertino firm, Ming-Chi Kuo, has just delivered a new round of information about him, while announcing other devices such as glasses and smart lenses.
According to Kuo, Apple has a clear roadmap for its next accessories, using augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) technologies. The company would launch an AR / VR headset around 2022, connected glasses for 2025, and connected contact lenses between 2030 and 2040.
Apple’s AR / VR headset is set for 2022
Regarding the mixed reality headset, Ming-Chi Kuo says current prototypes will weigh between 200 and 300 grams. The analyst points out that ‘if Apple manages to solve the important technical problems, the weight of the final product will be reduced to 100-200 grams.’ Also, the headset will benefit from its own ‘computing power and storage’. It would therefore not require a smartphone or computer in order to function. For the display, the Apple-based firm would equip its mixed reality headset with micro-OLED screens supplied by Sony.
‘One of the main selling points’ is, according to Kuo, the presence of Apple services directly in the headset. Thus, users could watch a few series using Apple TV +, play video games with Apple Arcade or even exercise with Apple Fitness +. Finally, the selling price of this new device would be around €1,000, the price of a high-end Apple smartphone.
Glasses and contact lenses being prepared
In addition to the mixed reality headset, Ming-Chi Kuo provides insight into the future of Apple’s AR and VR devices. The analyst is therefore working on the arrival of augmented reality glasses around 2025 at the earliest, and announces that the company is still only in the development stage. No prototype has reportedly been produced yet. The firm would go even further between 2030 and 2040 with the launch of contact lenses with augmented reality functions emphasizing ‘invisible computing’.