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Technology Apple may launch its AR headset with third-party help early next year

19:25  09 october  2019
19:25  09 october  2019 Source:   engadget.com

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Apple 's augmented reality headset will enter mass production as soon as the fourth quarter of this year in time for an early 2020 launch In his latest research note with TF International Securities, the analyst says Apple will cooperate with third - party brands to launch its first head -mounted AR

Apple could release its long-rumored augmented reality headset before mid next year. According to a note obtained by 9to5Mac, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has a strong track record when it comes to Apple predictions, says the company will launch the device in the second quarter of 2020.

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Kuo has said in the past that Apple plans to market the headset as an iPhone accessory. It will reportedly wirelessly offload computing, networking and location-related tasks to the iPhone. In this way, Apple hopes to keep the device thin and light. Without providing additional context, Kuo adds Apple will work third-party brands to launch the accessory. 9to5Mac suggests Kuo means we could see a slate of different iPhone-compatible AR headsets from a variety of brands. MacRumors, meanwhile, indicates the headset is a single product. Based on these interpretations, one possibility is that you'll be able to buy the headset from both Apple and several other companies. Each headset may feature different styling, but they'll all use the same underlying components and technology, and they'll all be compatible with the iPhone.

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This would apparently be followed up with Apple AR headset launch in the second quarter. Kuo says that Apple will collaborate with ‘ third - party brands’ to release its first round of iPhone Nikkei also reported that an A13 iPhone SE 2 is coming early next year , with an iPhone 8-esque chassis design.

The next step -- creating a headset with a Apple hasn’t finalized how users will control the headset and launch apps, but is investigating touch panels, voice-activation via Siri and head gestures. With the headset at least two years away, Apple wants to make it easier for developers to bring new AR

In the same report, Kuo reiterates his prediction that Apple will launch a new low-cost iPhone SE model sometime in the first quarter of 2020. In a separate report from earlier in the week, Kuo said the "iPhone SE2" will feature Apple's latest A13 chip inside the frame of an iPhone 8, making it a lower-cost alternative to the iPhone 11.

Kuo also says Apple's new iPad Pro will feature a time-of-flight camera. While we've seen images of the new triple camera iPad Pro before, this is the first time the analyst has specifically mentioned the refreshed model will feature a 3D sensor. A time-of-flight camera measures the amount of time it takes for a laser or LED to bounce off objects in a room (the iPhone's TrueDepth camera works in much the same way). Once it measures travel time, the sensor is able to map 3D space accurately. Apple will likely use the sensor to boost the iPad Pro's ARKit capabilities. The company could also use the sensor to create portrait mode photos with smoother depth-of-field effects.

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AR Headset : A new rumor claims that Apple is planning to release an AR headset as early as 2020, reports Bloomberg. The rumor says that AAPL is developing its own chip for the headset . These options will lower the amount of power used on the display and on third - party apps.

Apple will launch an augmented reality ( AR ) headset , new MacBooks, new iPad Pros and the iPhone SE2 in the second quarter of next year , according to a translation of a research note by TF Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. Kuo said Apple is teaming with third - party brands for its AR glasses.

Lastly, Kuo mentions that Apple will release a scissor key MacBook sometime in the second quarter of 2020. Unfortunately, he doesn't specify the exact model Apple plans to refresh with its new, more reliable keyboard. That said, Kuo has said in the past that Apple plans to ditch its troubled butterfly keyboard mechanism. As always, all the usual caveats apply to reports of this type. Even if the note is accurate, Apple's plans could change significantly between now and the second half of next year.

9to5Mac, MacRumors (1), MacRumors (2)

Ming-Chi Kuo updates 2020 Apple predictions for AR glasses, iPhone SE 2, iPad Pro, and MacBook .
All for the first half of the yearThis isn’t the first time we’re hearing about these devices. Some, like the augmented reality headset, have been cropping up in reports for years.

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