In a research note from well-connected TF International Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo that discusses Apple’s plans for mixed reality headsets and augmented reality glasses, Kuo also mentioned the possibility that the Cupertino firm will release augmented reality “contact lenses” in the 2030s.
In the note, shared by MacRumors, Kuo said the lenses will bring electronics from the era of “visible computing” to “invisible computing.”
Kuo said the lenses are “unlikely to have independent computing power and storage,” which indicates the lenses will rely on a connection to a user’s iPhone or another device but did not offer any specific details on how that might work. Kuo said there is “no visibility” for this product currently, so this may be a bit of conjecture on Kuo’s part rather than a product that is already in development.
Augmented reality contact lenses could provide a lightweight augmented reality experience, eliminating the need for a heavy headset or even a pair of glasses. Augmented reality can overlay digital information over a person’s real-world view. For example, a person could see a restaurant’s menu or hours of operation as they walk by the storefront.
In the same research note, Kuo indicated Apple has plans to release its long-rumored mixed reality headset “in mid-2022” and augmented reality glasses in 2025 at the earliest.
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