By the middle of next year Apple‘s first portable device with AR features (augmented reality) will be ready for years. This, at least, supports Ming-Chi Kuo’s most trusted Apple analyst in a new report (in a report by Economic Daily News).
Specifically, Ming-Chi Kuo, which is almost always accurate in its predictions on Apple’s issues, notes that mass production of the AR device (in the form of spectacles) will start from the fourth quarter of 2019 to the second quarter of 2020. He also argues that AR goggles will not be an autonomous device but will be marketed as an iPhone component.
According to Kuo, AR glasses will not have their own processor or graphics card but will be based on a connected iOS device. The AR glasses of the company are expected to be equipped with screen, camera sensors and wireless interface components, making them lighter and more efficient.
The prospect of buying an iPhone that supports AR capabilities can prove costly enough. On the other hand, the Cupertino giant plans to resurrect the iPod Touch with a modern A12 processor, which is likely to be significantly cheaper. However, details about the traffic or the features it may contain have not been reported yet. Apple manufactured the latest iPod touch in July 2015 with an A8 chipset, an 8MP rear camera and six color options. The iPod touch series was last updated in July 2017, when Apple simplified the available operating options and introduced new pricing classes.
Apple has been doing research on VR (Virtual Reality) and AR (Enhanced Reality) technologies for more than 10 years, according to patents from time to time. The company is also rumored to have a secret research team that includes hundreds of employees working in AR and VR, exploring ways in which emerging technologies could be used in future Apple products.
Of course, this is not the first time that Ming-Chi Kuo or other analysts refer to the issue of emerging technologies and Apple Glasses. The same thing happened in August, when both Kuo and the CEO of the company had said that glasses would likely be released in 2020.