Analyst: Apple AR glasses may enter mass production in 2019

Augmented reality is huge in the mobile industry right now, and a report from an industry analyst suggests Apple is gearing up for mass production on a new set of AR glasses.

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The world of augmented reality continues to grow, and it looks like Apple is aiming to claim a piece of that pie with a new set of AR glasses. Not only that, it appears that the company is fast-tracking the effort, too, as a new report is circulating online suggesting that Apple may begin mass production of its new AR glasses this very year.

Shoutout to Chatty member Maddog_Delphi97 for bringing this story to our attention and for doing it for Shacknews. According to a report from CNBC, Apple Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says that the company's upcoming AR headset could entire production at the tail end of 2019, with mass production ramping up into the early bits of 2020. Kuo also postulated that the device would tie heavily into the iPhone economy and related features.

"We think, due to technology limitations, that Apple will integrate its head-worn AR device and iPhone," Kuo said. "The former is in charge of the display, and the latter is in charge of computing, Internet access, indoor navigation, and outdoor navigation. Although there is still much room for improvement for Apple's first-generation head-worn AR device, we believe that this product will offer an all-new user experience and define the AR user interface. If Apple's competitors launch products related to AR in the future, they may copy Apple's design features."

Kuo's statements indicate that the Apple AR glasses would likely sync with iPhones wirelessly, which is similar to how other AR glasses VR head-mounted displays function. Outside of that, we don't really know much about what Apple has been cooking up. Rivals Microsoft and Magic Leap have been doing some big things with augmented reality technology, however, and we have no reason to suspect that things are any different in the hands of Apple.

Followers of the mobile technology scene won't be too surprised by Apple's readiness to jump into the waters of AR. Not only is VR and AR one of the fastest-growing demographics in the mobile field, Apple's latest devices like the iPhone X have placed a significant focus on the company's own ARKit software and other Bionic-powered augmented reality features.

It's worth mentioning that Kuo's report hasn't yet been confirmed by Apple. Still, given his reputation with regard to previous reports and the popularity of AR tech, we wouldn't be surprised to see Apple rolling out its AR glasses in a spectacular fashion later this year. Until we hear more, we'll just have to wait and see. Be sure to keep up on all the developments in the mobile world by heading over to our Modojo @ Shacknews home page.

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