A mixed reality headset could be Apple’s next big device and will reportedly arrive as early as 2022. In a note to investors on Sunday, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said the Cupertino company is preparing. to launch a headset for virtual and augmented devices. reality next year. The headphones will reportedly sell for $ 1000 in the US.
The headphones would use Sony’s Micro-OLED displays and improved optical modules to provide an “immersive experience that is significantly better than existing virtual reality products.” Headphone prototypes currently weigh between 200 and 300 grams, but the goal is to reduce the weight by 100 to 200 grams, Kuo wrote.
“We predict that Apple’s MR / AR product roadmap includes three phases: helmet type for 2022, glasses type for 2025, and contact lens type for 2030-2040,” Kuo wrote in the note, seen by MacRumors. “We anticipate that the helmet product will provide AR and VR experiences, while the eyeglass and contact lens product types are more likely to focus on AR applications.”
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Kou isn’t the first to predict that Apple is investing heavily in the AR / VR space. According to CNETApple is working on a powerful headset that would support augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) technologies, with a higher resolution 8K screen for each eye, as well as its own processor to process virtual reality and augmented reality images. . Experts say the arrival of Apple’s AR / VR headsets could be the start of a major shift for the tech industry, which relies heavily on smartphones.
The industry is looking beyond smartphones, and Apple’s growing interest in the AR / VR segment points to what’s to come next. Kuo predicts that Apple will release AR glasses in 2025, and the prototype is apparently not ready. Kuo also said that Apple would launch AR-capable contact lenses sometime in 2030, with a clear focus on “invisible computing.”
But Apple isn’t the only tech specialist working on AR / VR glasses. All the major players, including Facebook, Amazon, and Microsoft, are closing in on this space. Facebook’s first pair of “smart glasses” is expected to launch this year as a Ray-Ban branded product.