Big eyewear news from the Apple rumor mill.
From MacRumors: Apple’s AR Glasses to Launch in 2020 as iPhone Accessory
According to Kuo, Apple’s AR glasses will be marketed as an iPhone accessory and primarily take a display role while wirelessly offloading computing, networking, and positioning to the iPhone.
Designing the AR glasses to work as an iPhone accessory is also expected to allow Apple to keep the glasses slim and lightweight, rather than trying to pack in all the processing hardware into the one device.
Kuo believes Apple is aiming to begin mass-producing the glasses as early as the fourth quarter of this year, although he admits the timeframe could be pushed back to the second quarter of 2020.
My take: Kuo is better on the details of Apple’s upcoming hardware releases than he is on the timing. But if Apple can deliver an AirPod quality product that brings AR to lightweight glasses, it will be huge no matter when it ships.
- How reliable is Ming-Chi Kuo?
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