Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo leaked Apple’s roadmap for virtual and augmented reality on the 9th of March. He says Apple will first get a ‘helmet type’ headset with AR and VR capabilities, followed by AR smart glasses in 2025 and AR contact lenses between 2030 and 2040.
Apple’s mixed reality headset expected in 2022
Apple plans to launch a headset in 2022, that offers both AR and VR possibilities. Few details are currently known, but the device is said to have screens capable of 8K and uses Apple’s most powerful chip. This headset will weigh between 200 and 300 grams in the prototype phase, but is expected to eventually weigh between 100 and 200 grams.
The headset will get Sony micro-OLED displays and work as a standalone, independent of external hardware such as an iPhone. The headset will likely cost around $1,000. This is a considerable price difference with previous reports in which it was said that the Apple VR headset would cost about 3000 dollars. A price that is close to the Microsoft Hololens 2.
Apple’s AR smart glasses expected in 2025
Augmented reality places digital information and objects over the real world and according to Tim Cook. Apple’s CEO, will be the next big thing. Apple’s AR headset will probably not be on the market until 2025. According to Kuo, Apple has yet to start production of the prototype. Details are scarce, except that the headset will offer a custom ”optical see-through AR experience.” The AR headset will function as a standalone device, just like the mixed reality headset.
Apple’s Contact lenses after 2030
According to Kuo, Apple’s ultimate goal is to release AR contact lenses, but he expects that these will not be released until after 2030. The lenses must have the same functions as the AR smart glasses and will be placed directly on the eye.