It has long been rumored that Apple is working on a headset with augmented reality technology. Renowned analyst Ming-Cho Kuo has predicted that Apple’s premiere headset will likely launch in the second quarter of 2022. “We predict that Apple will launch AR HMD (head-mounted display) devices in 2Q22. The device will provide a see-through video AR experience. So lenses are needed too, and Genius is also a major supplier.” said Ming-Chi Kuo, as reported by GSM Arena.
The latest investor note also details the supply chains of Apple’s camera lenses and Genius Electronic Optical (GSEO) Taiwan’s as key suppliers for the upcoming iPhone 13 series as well as AR headsets. The Apple AR headset is expected to display sport a microLED Sony. With see-through mode for AR content and opaque mode for VR content. A total of 15 cameras will be used, providing a truly immersive experience for users.
The design will be light with a weight of 200 – 300 grams thanks to the fleece-like fabric exterior. Users still have to connect to a computer/laptop to turn on the AR headset. While a more portable version will arrive in 2025. Prices for Apple’s AR headset are expected to be around $1000. Although earlier rumors predicted a much higher price of around $3000.