Apple's first AR headset could launch in 2022, AR glasses in 2023

Ruben Fields
November 12, 2019

Apple executives discussed the timelines in October, in an internal presentation to employees at a meeting led by Vice President Mike Rockwell, according to the report.

While we reported earlier today that Apple is teeing up an AR headset to launch by 2022 and then a sleek pair of AR glasses to follow the year after that, it seems another product is lined up and headed for release early next year: An all-new iPad Pro with a new 3D sensor system. The report claims that current prototypes of the new AR glasses look like "high-priced sunglasses with thick frames that house the battery and chips".

Apple working on a range of augmented and virtual-reality devices underpinned by a new 3-D sensor system, according to people familiar with the plans. It includes a mix of Apple talent and executives who previously worked on gaming, older iPhones, plus software engineering and manufacturing for the company, and its ranks also include former game developers as well as engineers who previously worked at NASA.

You can already see examples of virtual objects in environments through games like Pokémon Go, but it sounds like the Apple AR headset and glasses will be able to do it better, and in a way that lets you view these things more naturally, rather than having to wave your phone around.

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With Apple yet to officially acknowledge its AR headset plans, we really can't tell exactly when these devices will become a reality.

The company is also reportedly considering making its App Store accessible through hardware. With these glasses, virtual elements would be mixed with the real world, opening the door for a huge variety of usage scenarios.

Apple won't be without competition its quest to popularize AR technology.

Bloomberg suggests that unlike Apple's headset, however, Facebook will not have augmented reality built-in, but will function similarly to Snapchat's Spetacles and work to place calls, take pictures, and more.

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