Apple AR glasses launch in 2020 reiterated as more details emerge

Apple AR glasses launch in 2020 reiterated as more details emerge
Apple AR glasses concept render

Apple is betting heavily on augmented reality being the next big thing and a new report by Bloomberg suggests the public could soon see the results of years of development.

According to Mark Gurman, Apple is targeting next year for the release of its highly anticipated AR glasses. These will reportedly feature a pair of holographic displays and synchronize with the user’s iPhone to display useful information such as text, emails, or the weather. Rumors also suggest Apple Maps integration will be supported in addition to multiple games. The latter means Apple Arcade subscribers may be able to play a range of AR-backed titles while wearing the glasses. 

Apple is said to be hiring experts in both graphics and game development to ensure a range of titles are available at launch. This should help position the glasses as the instant leader in the category and hopefully replicate the long-term success of the Apple Watch. Speaking of which, Apple is reportedly considering a dedicated App Store for its AR glasses similar to the one that was recently launched for its smartwatch. From here, owners of the glasses will be able to download the range of compatible games in addition to a long list of other apps.

Like Gurman, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes Apple’s AR glasses will arrive next year, although he goes one step further by predicting a release halfway through 2020. This means the official announcement may happen in early 2020, perhaps alongside the iPhone SE 2 and iPad Pro (2020).

Long-term, Apple hopes its AR glasses will eventually replace the iPhone, but in the meantime, it’ll focus on pushing its AR technologies through its other devices. Specifically, the next-gen iPad Pro is reportedly going to include a dedicated 3D sensor for AR content while next year’s iPhone 12 Pro series is expected to follow suit in September with the same sensor.

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12 Comments

1. TBomb

Posts: 1632; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

If these actually come out, it will be a weird time for everyone else who was pushing for this type of tech the last 3 years and just gave up on it all

3. midan

Posts: 3097; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

There’s no point to release one if you don’t have clear focus what to do with the tech. So far there hasn’t been. I’m interested to see what Apple focus is. I just don’t understand what could be the thing to get people to wear these glasses

6. sgodsell

Posts: 7514; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Nobody gave up on the tech. Things needed to improve in terms of tech, and prices needed to come down more. Otherwise companies would loose money. Also Apple's first glasses look like they are an accessory to an iPhone. So clearly all the processing is done on the customers iPhone. Therefore they are not standalone AR glasses like the others on the market. Plus there is no mention of any camera(s) on board. If there is no processing on board, and no cameras, then they will truly be an accessory, period. Plus they will not be competing with Hololens, Magic Leap, or even Google Glass, because all of those are standalone devices that don't need a smartphone, or iPhone to connect to.

2. iloveapps

Posts: 909; Member since: Mar 21, 2019

Good thing apple is pushing this tech because others abandon it due to useless features they put in it. Apple will surely find usefulness in this tech and will get this mainstream to tech. And of course android fans will surely left with “apple is catching up again” and “apple is doomed” phrases.

4. Alcyone

Posts: 533; Member since: May 10, 2018

Lol. That's funny. I'm sure Apple isn't the only company working on a next gen ar set. All the attention goes to Apple, considering that's the most popular brand. No leaks or rumors doesn't mean development isn't underway in other companies r and d. Imo, I could care less about ar, as it's just a way to further people's mindless attachment and dependency on tech. How much the ar will determine how well it catches on. Counting on services to be the cash cow, and hopefully the hardware isn't super inflated. Good luck to Apple, there's already competition.

7. sgodsell

Posts: 7514; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Others never stopped working on AR. This is iloveapps trying to push his lies about other companies AR. Hololens, Magic Leap, and even Google Glass are still selling. Mainly business are picking them up and using them. First of all the others that I mentioned are not accessories to any iPhone or smartphone in general. The others are standalone AR headsets or glasses. With Apple's AR accessory, nobody knows if their headset comes with a camera(s), or not. We already know from the leaks that Apple's AR headset uses their iPhones for all the processing, and internet connections, and even to run apps like Apple's watch on the iPhones.

8. Vokilam

Posts: 1343; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

Well next time an iPhone introduces a feature already found on android - Why don’t you copy/paste that comment there as well.

9. sgodsell

Posts: 7514; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

What major company abandoned their AR headsets or glasses?

5. HumbleJ06

Posts: 101; Member since: Aug 10, 2015

First off, can anyone answer these questions? Will these glasses be viewed as intrusive and infringing on privacy like the Google glasses were? These glasses will have to send and receive data from somewhere for them to work properly. Who has access to that data and what will be the purpose of the data? And, how will these glasses factor into public safety? The roads are bad enough with people looking at their smartphones while driving. Will there be features built in to stop the glasses from being used while driving? IMO, technology and innovation are great. However, there should always be some limits placed on both.

10. TerryD

Posts: 559; Member since: May 09, 2017

When the concept of AR first came out 5+ years ago I'd have been really excited about something like this. Now though its just like 'Meh. Whats the point?'

11. Rahulkaw001

Posts: 32; Member since: Oct 22, 2019

can't wait for it

12. Homestuckian_dude

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 25, 2019

Guys guys they clearly stole the design of the shades from dave striders I-phone shades in the webcomic homestuck homestuck.com if your intrested

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