Apple's iPhone 11 could be joined by 'one more thing' next week

Apple's iPhone 11 could be joined by 'one more thing' next week
Apple Glasses concept render

Next Tuesday, Apple’s expected to announce a range of products including the iPhone 11 series, the Apple Watch Series 5, and a 10.2-inch iPad. But one reliable tipster’s latest tweet suggests the company could have an important surprise up its sleeves.

'But there's one more thing...' – Steve Jobs


The source in question accurately predicted the iPhone XS & XR names last year, confirmed Apple was working on a new iPad Mini back in January, and revealed the company’s plans for a 10.5-inch iPad Air weeks before its introduction. Today’s prediction is pretty vague – the insider simply quoted Steve Jobs – but the words “one more thing” are only ever used when Apple has a game-changing product up its sleeves such as the original Apple Watch or the iPhone X


The iPhone 11 and Apple Watch Series 5 aren’t expected to bring anything revolutionary to the table and therefore aren’t worthy of Steve Jobs’ famous words. Similarly, the 10.2-inch iPad will represent a typical upgrade and Apple’s premium AirPods (which may not even be announced next week) probably won’t be shaking up the industry anytime soon. This, therefore, leaves just one possible product that’d be worthy of such a famous introduction – Apple’s AR glasses.

Previous reports have suggested production could kick off at some point between Q4 2019 and A2 2020. This timeline would likely result in a launch around April or May which essentially replicates the original Apple Watch's launch schedule. The latter was officially unveiled in September 2014 but didn't begin hitting shelves until late April 2015.

Here's how Apple Glasses might work


According to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple's first-generation AR glasses will be heavily dependent on the iPhone. The wearable itself will essentially act as the display and include any necessary depth sensors while all the computing, rendering, internet connectivity, and location services that may be required will be handled by the iPhone. Both products are expected to connect wirelessly like AirPods and the Apple Watch meaning users shouldn't have to worry about any annoying cables.

This initial iPhone-dependent setup is expected to keep costs down and help create a headset that's lighter and more comfortable to wear. The only downside will likely be battery life due to the small capacity of iPhone cells. Fortunately, the iPhone 11 line's set to feature larger batteries so buyers of the newer devices will be able to keep their AR headsets running longer.

Alongside the physical headset, Apple is said to be developing a specially designed operating system dubbed 'rOS' which is based upon iOS like many of Apple's other operating systems. This will be paired with touch panels, voice-activation through Siri, and a range of head gestures that let users control the AR product.

Whether Apple Glasses will succeed or not is up to debate. Analysts like Loup Venture's Gene Munster believe the product could be Apple's next big thing and could eventually be bigger than the iPhone. But as things stand the AR headset market is relatively small so it may take years and quite a lot of patience before sales start to take off, something Apple should be used to by now.

The original Apple Watch didn't meet the company's sales targets but subsequent models have continued to grow in popularity. The wearable still lags far behind the iPhone in terms of sales but now sells more than the iPad. Moreover, combined with AirPods, it could soon contribute more revenue than Apple's Mac business which is currently the Cupertino giant's second-biggest segment.

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14 Comments

1. Cat97

Posts: 1933; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Well, the industry does need a shake-up. Hopefully something very interesting will be unveiled along with the (quite boring) iPhone 11.

2. DolmioMan

Posts: 335; Member since: Jan 08, 2018

16” MacBook Pro.

9. sgodsell

Posts: 7447; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Apple's AR glasses will be no better than what is currently out there. All those stories about two 8k displays were all hype and propaganda, and to keep others waiting to see what Apple comes up with. It's what we expect from Apple, more copying. But since Apple's AR glasses are going to heavily rely on the iPhone. Then it sounds like the glasses from North by Northwest. Only Apple's will only work with and support Apple's platforms. At least the other AR glasses from everyone else work with more than just Apples platform. It will be interesting to see how much these will cost.

10. Phullofphil

Posts: 1822; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

It’s I interesting to see sombody that forgot where apple came from at the beginning of all this and say they are the ones that copy. It took Samsung all the way till they started making curved screens to not look like a blatantly copied iPhone. Android is a direct copy of iOS. Now that there is no room for innovation that much and the only innovation is based on the next hardware inovation I don’t think you know what the f**k your talking about.

11. sgodsell

Posts: 7447; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

I certainly do know what I am talking about, and have both VR and AR headsets. Since this headset is supposed to be an AR glasses. Now the biggest elephant in the room is functionality, and depending on what type, and how much functionality Apple brings to their first generation AR glasses. Then it will also dictate the looks, and overall capabilities. If these are going to offer HoloLens or Magic leap type functionality, then they will require lots of cameras to be built into Apple's AR glasses. Plus tons of processing to not only draw on the display(s), but to get input from the cameras to determine the users controls. Now some hints were dropped here, like these glasses will heavily rely on the iPhone. So the iPhone will be used for the main processing, and the actual running of any apps for these new AR headsets. Maybe in the future versions Apple will offload more processing to in the future AR glasses. Similar to the first gen Apple watches. Now if Apples AR glasses come with no cameras on board, then they will definitely be similar to North's AR glasses. Only North's glasses have one display. That leads me to the other hint, which is maybe two displays on Apple's glasses. We will have to see for sure, but if they look anything like the picture, then they won't be close to HoloLens or Magic Leap goggles in terms of capabilities. That I can guarantee you

12. apple-rulz

Posts: 2195; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

Techie you should go to Apples headquarters and set yourself on fire, that’ll teach Apple a lesson.

14. midan

Posts: 3003; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

"Apple's AR glasses will be no better than what is currently out there." Based on the history, very likely it will

15. sgodsell

Posts: 7447; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Well you are probably right that Apple will make their version work better with Apple, and only Apple. Apple will also have better integration with Apple's iMessage, Apple maps, and some apps. But that is because Apple's platform is so closed, locked down, and restricted, that developers can't do the things they would like to do. That's why North's AR glasses work so much better with Android, than the iPhones. But it's no secret that Apple does that kind of stuff.

3. TBomb

Posts: 1571; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

Let's just hope any Apple Glasses don't look like the article image. Those round things looks hideous.

7. Alcyone

Posts: 487; Member since: May 10, 2018

12 Monkey inspired.

8. irossdrummer

Posts: 369; Member since: Jan 17, 2015

so are airpods, I don't think they care XD

4. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1081; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

But the real question is will they actually see use by consumers or will they become more Vaporware?

13. gadgetpower

Posts: 283; Member since: Aug 23, 2019

I want iphone pro and macbook 16”

19. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2248; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Most successful products/services for Apple: Mac, iPad, iPhone, Watch, Apple TV, Apple Music, App Store, iCloud, iPod, AirPods, Beats, iTunes Soon to be successful products/services for Apple: Apple Card, Apple TV+, Apple Arcade, AR Glasses Worst products/services for Apple: HomePod, Apple News+ Notice the trend of successful and soon to be successful products/services for Apple. What this says is they manufacture and market hits upon launch. No need to think that Apple AR Glass will fail. They rarely release bad products/services.

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