Apple industry analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said in a note to investors that he expects to see Apple’s much-rumored “Apple Glasses” augmented reality headset launch in 2022 at the earliest.
That news jibes with a recent report from DigiTimes that said suppliers are ramping up development, and that Apple’s AR glasses could launch by 2022. The new AR headset is said to resemble Facebook’s Oculus Quest but features a sleeker design that uses fabrics and lightweight materials to make it more comfortable to wear.
The glasses, which are said to run a new operating system, rOS (reality OS), and Apple is reportedly exploring touch panels, voice activation, and head gestures to control the experience. They will likely feature a high-resolution display and will rely on the iPhone for processing power.
The note by Kuo (shared by MacRumors) also mentioned that Apple is working on two new iPads, including a 10.8-inch iPad and an 8.5 to 9-inch iPad mini. The new tablets are expected to launch in the second half of 2020 and the first half of 2021, respectively.
Kuo believes the two new iPads will be available at affordable price points.
Kuo recently said that while Apple’s development of Hardware with mini-LED displays hasn’t been significantly delayed, but adoption of the technology may be delayed in the short-term.