Apple AR headset release date just tipped by analyst

Here’s what we can expect for the new Apple AR headset

According to Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the rumored Apple AR headset could arrive as early as next April.

“We Predict Apple Will Launch AR HMD” [head-mounted display] Device in 2Q22. The device will deliver a video viewing-through AR experience, so there’s also a need for lenses, and Genius is also a major supplier,” Kuo explained in his new research note, as reported by Nerdshala.

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Genius Electronic is a major supplier of optical iPhone 12 camera lenses, so it won’t be a huge surprise that the company is supplying lenses to Apple for AR headsets.

Apple’s VR headset was originally designated as a “mixed-reality” device that will launch in 2021 or 2022. Back in January, Kuo predicted that the Apple AR headset would be announced sometime this year. However, that has apparently changed as Kuo’s research report predicts a launch in the second quarter of next year.

Kuo then said that the Apple AR headset would arrive in “mid-2022”, which is in line with his latest report, as the second quarter of the year covers the period from April to June.

Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman reported back in March that the release date for Apple’s first mixed reality headset would hit “the next several months.” However, we would be surprised if anything is launched this year.

The next major Apple event is expected to take place in September for the possible reveal of the iPhone 13 lineup. As Kuo reports, we didn’t expect the Apple AR headset to come out then.

Nerdshala also pointed out that if and when the Apple AR headset is announced, there could be a much larger than usual gap between its reveal and release, noting that the entire virtual reality business is a fairly new one for Apple. is area. Doing so would give Apple time to get developers on board to create AR apps designed specifically for its headsets.

Apple’s rumored AR/VR headset could also reportedly be an expensive piece of technology — potentially costing $1,000 or more. But that’s because it will reportedly be targeted primarily at developers rather than an average consumer like Microsoft’s HoloLens 2 AR headset.

If that’s indeed the case, there’s a chance the Apple VR headset will be used as a development platform for Apple to test the waters for the much-loved Apple Glass. AR headsets can be used to measure the specific hardware configuration needed to make consumer AR glasses a viable proposition, while having developers onboard early could mean a healthier app ecosystem, if Apple glasses arrive.

Time will tell if this prediction comes true, but judging by the leaks and rumors so far, it looks like AR will play a bigger role in Apple’s future hardware. In the meantime, check out our picks for the best AR apps you can try now.

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