Apple’s mixed reality headset could arrive next year without the need to have an iPhone nearby
Apple’s mixed reality headset/helmet could be released in 2022 according to Ming-Chi Kuo
Kuo ran through Apple’s roadmap in his note by writing that “We predict that Apple’s MR/AR product roadmap includes three phases: helmet type by 2022, glasses type by 2025, and contact lens type by 2030–2040. We foresee that the helmet product will provide AR and VR experiences, while glasses and contact lens types of products are more likely to focus on AR applications.”
The mixed reality “helmet,” as Kuo refers to it, will be portable and “when the technology improves, we believe that the new helmet product can also enhance its mobility,” he said. The analyst added that the “immersive experience” on the mixed reality device will be significantly better than those offered by rival devices. A previous report disseminated last month called for Apple’s mixed reality headset to be equipped with more than a dozen cameras to track hand movements. A pair of 8K displays will be employed along with eye-tracking technology. Based on Kuo’s description, it would appear that the mixed reality headset will not have to rely on a nearby iPhone for processing power. That might not be the case with the AR Apple Glass.
Speaking of which, Apple Glass is expected to be released in 2025 as previously noted. While no prototype currently exists, Kuo says that this device will be promoted as a mobile device with a see-through AR experience. Kuo says, “While the helmet provides a great immersive experience, the glasses focus more on providing a ‘mobile + AR’ experience.” Apple, Kuo states, is fully invested to these products and has a supply chain that includes Sony (supply displays on an exclusive basis), Pegatron (contract assembler), and other sources of optical components.
Looking into the future, Kuo says Apple will make a big jump from visible computing to invisible computing by offering contact lens that deliver the same AR experience as Apple Glass.