Apple to Launch Mixed-Reality Headset Next Year


One analyst known for his accurate predictions of Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) product developments has made a bold new forecast. Ming-Chi Kuo of TF International wrote in a research note distributed on Monday that Apple will release a mixed-reality (MR) headset by the middle of 2022.



Analyst: Apple to Launch Mixed-Reality Headset Next Year


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Analyst: Apple to Launch Mixed-Reality Headset Next Year

MR is basically one step up from augmented reality (AR), the difference being that the former more seamlessly incorporates real-world elements into the artificial environment.



Person using a AR, VR, or MR headset advancing on a floor featuring a space motif.


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Person using a AR, VR, or MR headset advancing on a floor featuring a space motif.

The MR headset will be only the start of Apple’s presence on that market, believes Kuo. “We predict that Apple’s MR/AR product roadmap includes three phases: helmet type by 2022, glasses type by 2025, and contact lens type by 2030–2040,” he wrote in the note. “We foresee that the helmet product will provide AR and [virtual reality] experiences, while glasses and contact lens types of products are more likely to focus on AR applications.”

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The analyst says that the headset will be powered by Sony Micro-OLED displays, accompanied by a number of optical modules in order to produce both a “see-through” MR/AR experience and a convincing VR environment for the user.

Apple has recently built up its video entertainment offerings. Kuo envisions that the company will use these collectively as a platform for its AR/MR/VR offerings. A title might be parked on the Apple+ streaming service, for example, and a user could access it through the headset.

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As is its habit, secretive Apple has said nothing publicly about its work in this sphere. It also has not responded to Kuo’s predictions.

Apple, currently caught in the middle of a broad tech stock sell-off, fell by nearly 4.2% on Monday, a far steeper fall than that suffered by the S&P 500 index.

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