Apple Readying Augmented-Reality Glasses For 2020 Launch

Phillip Butler
November 10, 2017

"As such, this is why so many players like Apple, Google, and Facebook, are looking very closely at augmented reality". The company wants to have the headset's core technologies completed by 2019. The tech is expected to be ready in 2019, with a product for market in 2020, but the timeline is called "aggressive" and could, of course, be subject to change.

AR headsets have been developed by other tech competitors with little success so far, from Google Glass to Microsoft Hololens - which uses both augmented reality and virtual reality - and even Snapchat's Spectacles. Things could still change, but for now, that seems to be the timeframe Apple is working towards. The chip itself is another challenge, with Apple's recent efforts at putting the maximum amount of processing power into the smallest possible space - first in the Apple Watch and most recently in the iPhone X - still not up to the challenge of being small enough to power a pair of glasses without being too bulky.

Apple has been talking a lot about AR lately. But unlike these headsets, which remain tethered to a smartphone or a computer, Apple's rumored AR headset would run independently, thanks to a new chip and operating system, according to Bloomberg, which broke the news Wednesday.

Gurman said on his report that Apple is planning to design its own chip for the upcoming AR headset.

There are still plenty of details to work out, such as how users will launch apps or control them through the headset.

Apple engineers are said to be now prototyping a range of applications for use in AR, reportedly using HTC Vive headsets for testing them.

Apple won't pull the trigger on an AR product until the underlying technology has matured to the point where it can deliver AR "in a quality way".

Bloomberg says Apple is using HTC Vive headsets in house and is working on a device similar a Gear VR headset for internal testing. Googles headset unlike Apples will focus on education and medical uses. Apple is said to be discussing the possibility of launching a new type of App Store for the headset where users can download compatible AR apps. Apple has already launched its ARKit with iOS 11 this year, so an Apple AR headset is not much of a surprise. "Now anything you would see on the market any time soon would not be something any of us would be satisfied with", Cook said, adding, "Nor do I think the vast majority of people would be satisfied".

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