An analyst for the US tech giants, Apple, namely Ming-Chi Kuo has predicted that as per a new research, Apple are looking to launch what seems to be a “helmet-type” mixed reality headset somewhere in the middle of the next year. In addition, the company is also looking forward at launching augmented reality glasses in 2025 and an AR contact lens product by 2030-2040, in accordance with a report launched in MacRumors. Kuo was further quoted to say that “ We expect that the helmet product will provide AR and VR experiences, while glasses and contact lens types of products are more likely to focus on AR applications,”.
It is worth noting here that several prototypes of Apple’s mixed reality headset weigh in between 200 and 300 grams, Kuo believes that, if Apple are able to find solutions for some of the technical problems they face when it comes to the headset, the final prototype could end up to weigh somewhere in between 100 and 200 grams, as reported by MacRumors. He further said that this headset will most probably be priced in the $1,000 range in the US.
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Kuo believes that the headset will offer an immersive experience and says that this will be be “significantly better” than those which are currently on sale in the market, such as the Sony micro-OLED displays. In addition to this, the new product will operate without necessarily having the iPhone as the main source, “its more like a portable product” says Kuo. Which means that the design of the product will not be oriented towards compatibility with a mobile one.
In contrast, Kuo’s note is more in line with other predictions of a headset hitting the market sometime in 2022, but with the price tag closer to $3,000. In addition, The Information reported in February that the US giants are incorporating what is believed to be a fabric mesh material in order to reduce the weight of the headset, and had a rendering based on “internal Apple images of a late-stage prototype” which depicted what exactly the headset may look like in its final development stage.