In a note to clients — as noted by AppleInsider, Loup Ventures analyst Gene Munster — says Apple’s augmented reality (AR) headset will arrive in 2021 and sell more than 10 million units in its first year.
“We expect Apple's AR theme to play out in three phases," Munster said, with the first occurring in the fall iPhone refresh in the form of more iPhones using VCSEL arrays that can help power AR experiences. This will be followed by ARKit apps becoming "the next gold rush for developers" in the fields of gaming, commerce, and education, then the release of "Apple Glasses."
In June 2017, the analyst predicted the headset would arrive in mid-2020 and cost about $1,300. At that time, Munster forecast sales of just over three million units.
On the same topic, an unnamed CNET source says Apple will have an AR/VR headset ready by 2020. Code-named T288, it will purportedly include an 8K display for each eye and won’t have to be tethered to a Mac, iPhone, or iPad.
Chances we’ll see Apple Glasses in 2021, per the Sellers Research Group (that’s me): 70% (I think there’s a chance we might see them by 2020 — or before). Apple has been granted number patents for an AR/VR headset including number 9,880,720 for a video headset that can change perspective based on a user’s movements. It has also applied for multiple other patents for such a product; you can check ‘em out here.
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