01 November 2021
The rumors of Apple working on an AR headset are quite old and keep surfacing every now and then. Some of them have talked about a possible release timeline and now, we have a fresh report talking about that. As per Ming-Chi Kuo's latest research notes seen by MacRumors, the first Apple AR headset is claimed to arrive sometime in Q2 2022.
The notes mention Genius Electronic Optical (GEO) of Taiwan as one of the crucial suppliers. It specifically mentioned, "We predict that Apple will launch AR HMD [head-mounted display] devices in 2Q22. The device will provide a video see-through AR experience, so the lens is also needed, and Genius is also a key supplier."
It should be noted that GEO is the same supplier also speculated to provide wide-angle and telephoto camera sensors for the upcoming iPhone 13 lineup. There is a possibility that we might see Apple and GEO team up for a long time and a lot of different products in the future.
Apple also has a mixed-reality (MR) headset in the pipeline. It will be a mix of virtual and augmented reality content so that users can have even more immersive experiences. The initial prototype of the same is reported to weigh around 200 to 300 grams but the team wants to make it lighter. There will be Sony micro-LED displays with different optical modules. The company is further said to be working on contact lenses that are speculated to release in 2030.