Analyst Predicts Apple Will Launch AR Headset In Q2 2020

Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says that Apple AR glasses are coming that will be positioned as an accessory to the iPhone.


Apple is planning to launch its first augmented-reality headset and other new hardware products during the second quarter of 2020, according to reports on a research note from a well-known Apple analyst.

The note is from Ming-Chi Kuo, an analyst at TF International Securities who has frequently made correct Apple predictions in the past.

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Apple is reportedly working with third-party brands on the AR device, which is being described as a pair of augmented-reality glasses.

Kuo believes that the AR glasses will be positioned as an accessory for the iPhone—with the glasses mainly providing a display while a wirelessly connected iPhone provides the processing power and other functionality, reports said.

Reports on the note did not include potential pricing or further specifics.

Meanwhile, Kuo's research note also offers predictions on several other Apple product launches for 2020.

Those product predictions include a new iPad Pro, with a time-of-flight camera system for 3-D mapping, coming in the first quarter; the iPhone SE 2, a small-screened iPhone with entry-level pricing, also in the first quarter; refreshed MacBook models, with a new "scissor switch" keyboard design, in the second quarter; and a 5G-capable iPhone in the third quarter.