Report claims that Apple could begin production of iPhone-powered AR glasses this year

From The Verge: Apple could begin production of its long-rumored augmented reality glasses as early as the end of this year, noted analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has said. The predictions come in a report published by Economic Daily News (via MacRumors) in which Kuo predicts that the glasses could be released as an iPhone accessory, and they will contain their own display while outsourcing processing, positional tracking, and networking duties to the phone itself.

Although Apple released its first augmented reality software, ARKit, back in 2017, it has yet to produce any dedicated AR hardware. Instead, its existing efforts have been on software for its existing devices, and they have relied on the user to use their phone or tablet as a screen. Last year, Apple released ARKit 2.0, which added support for multiplayer AR and introduced a new AR-specific file format called USDZ.

Rumors that Apple is preparing to release its own AR headset have been around since 2017 when Bloomberg predicted that it could release a headset as early as 2019. A further report from CNET last year claimed that the headset could be released in 2020 and would offer a combination of both AR and VR.

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