Munster: Apple will phase out iPhone in favor of a 'mixed reality' headset in 15 years

Munster: Apple will phase out iPhone in favor of a 'mixed reality' headset in 15 years
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster has sent out a research note to clients, saying that Apple is working on AR/VR systems that will lead to the eventual phasing out of the iPhone. Replacing the iconic handset would be a mixed reality device, or something similar to that. But the analyst doesn't see this happening for at least 15 years.

Mixed reality devices are wearables that use a series of embedded sensors and cameras that combine holographic images with real life. Munster sees smartphones eventually progressing into these AR/VR devices. Even with all of its patents and the R&D Apple is doing in this space, the analyst doesn't expect the company to release any AR/VR hardware for some time. Instead, next year he expects to see third party outfits experimenting with AR/VR products based on the iPhone and iPad.

That would be followed in 2018 with Apple offering a way to allow developers to offer AR/VR devices that would be certified for the iPhone, under the "Made for iPhone" program that Apple currently has in place for accessory manufacturers. Munster told his clients, "We believe 10 years from now Generation Z will find reality inefficient. We believe the concept of an 'inefficient reality' is evident through smartphone use today — the precursor to mixed reality — offering users the ability to find more information as needed." 

source: AppleInsider

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48 Comments

1. bradley8795

Posts: 64; Member since: Nov 19, 2013

I seriously just looked at the calendar 3 times to make sure it wasn't April 1st.

6. sgodsell

Posts: 7004; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

"Mixed realitly headset". Is Apple going to make their own Project Ara, after Google's? Or is Apple going to finally increase the iPhones resolution. Everyone knows that an iPhone 6/6s gives you the worse experience for VR. The resolution is a joke on those phones. You only get a maximum resolution of 667x750 pixels per eye for VR. Talk about pixelated.

14. stanislav

Posts: 136; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

Only for Vrs that use the screen, for other the resolution will be higher as the device can render. You are not going to play games in resolution higher than 1080p on phone in the next 5 years the GPUs of ALL manufactures are just to week

19. HonestRealist

Posts: 196; Member since: Jan 25, 2016

Vainglory, released 2014 December. 1080p Full HD @ 60FPS. This is automatic on iOS devices. On Android you need to switch on full graphics performance and hope to God your Droid can handle it.

31. Shocky unregistered

The iPhone 6/s only have a 1334 x 750 display yet they run Vainglory at 1080p Sure. Also it runs at the native resolution, so for my PIxel C that's 2560*1600

33. Shocky unregistered

2560*1800, when set to full quality. It runs fantastic btw.

38. HonestRealist

Posts: 196; Member since: Jan 25, 2016

Run it on a 6 or 6s plus,,, an iPad Air, Air 2, Mini 2,3, or 4,,, or better yet, an iPad Pro (even though it's not yet optimized for the pro it's still glorious). ONLY the Nvidia shield can compete. Not many people like playing VG on the small 6S screen. even though any iPhone (including the 5s) runs it flawlessly thanks to metal. And the point behind it all is that dev's were making use of FHD graphics in mobile games for a while, and to assume that they would stagnate and not improve is just silly.

34. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

any idea if an S810 equipped GFlex 2 can handle it?

43. HonestRealist

Posts: 196; Member since: Jan 25, 2016

Even if it could it would be horrible playing on a curved display.

48. stanislav

Posts: 136; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

Games with very bad graphics like angry birds might start to come out with higher resolution but for high quality games with good graphics it will take time... Just look what video cards you need to play on high settings and 1440/2160 beast like R9 390 and GTX 970... mobile gpus are joke, for now developers will do stuffs like better textures and use more polygons but will not increase resolution on high demanding games.

24. French_Toast

Posts: 98; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

Much hope before the fall of the new BlackBerry 2010s

28. engineer-1701d unregistered

first they will have to wait 3 years to copy samsungs vr setup then a year later then can get there hands on windows ar and backward engineer it to find out what they can use and upgrade on the 3 year old tech.

2. kajam

Posts: 220; Member since: Jun 24, 2015

Are you kidding in 15 year AR/VR will be history

3. AlikMalix unregistered

Probably contact lense type of thing - like in continuum tv series.

29. engineer-1701d unregistered

thats based on the google contact lense that monitors blood glucose levels. did not get into continuum but i see it like the syfy show the EXPANSE with the spy that has the contact or eye implant that connects to networks and takes pics and video and also does a engineering spec look up for repairs and other phone things, they have a holographic phone on clear acrylic

4. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

In 15 years it will be Apple that phases out

8. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

In your dream baby

5. Martineverest

Posts: 521; Member since: Oct 27, 2015

iEYE or ilens? Loading..... Microsoft is far ahead of anybody.. Another pc-like dominance is loading

10. Deca-core

Posts: 75; Member since: Nov 20, 2015

loading failed

11. HonestRealist

Posts: 196; Member since: Jan 25, 2016

You do know Steve Jobs and the "i" era are dead right? Or is it that your still living in the past with your faith in Microsoft?

7. Nallaikumaran

Posts: 61; Member since: Sep 14, 2015

AppleInsider - Dishonest shameless and ruthless business media (Apple fascist). Dishonest Shameless Liars... iPhonearena...? F.. u..

9. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Like the EyePhone in Futurama?

12. HonestRealist

Posts: 196; Member since: Jan 25, 2016

Dear droid boys, please try to remember that this article does not state that Apple will only enter the AR/VR game in 15 years. They will join the race much sooner than that. We all know that they don't need to be the first to come out with something, to be the best.

13. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

To be the leader not only the best.

20. HonestRealist

Posts: 196; Member since: Jan 25, 2016

Correct you are sir.

30. engineer-1701d unregistered

its not a race, the race is over almost everyone one out there has had vr for years even youtube, and my gear vr milk vr got a update that allows me to change vr 3d type in the video between 5 types. apple is so far behind just now thinking about it after cook said its silly its like the note/phablet all over again. apple will come in 2 years from now and release a gear vr look alike

39. HonestRealist

Posts: 196; Member since: Jan 25, 2016

Apple was the last to join the smartwatch market. The rest all had a few years advantage,,, BUT,,, One guess as to who owns that market now? Yup, it's Apple. And right you are, it will take about 2 years or so. Then they will take the market, and make it, it's own. They will show the industry, how it should have been done all along. And the industry will follow suit, as per normal. The iPhone did it, the iPad did it, The Watch did it, The TV did it... This too is no exception.

42. HonestRealist

Posts: 196; Member since: Jan 25, 2016

Another thing, You think the VR Race is over? When the world's first REAL consumer ready VR device the Rift is yet to launch? With it's only real competition being the Vive, which btw is also not yet available. How thick are you? That crap made by Samsung, and even that one designed for iPhone, are mere tastes of what real VR is. Pathetic comparisons to REAL VR actually. The race barely started! Lastly, mixed reality, is something special. Not requiring glasses or goggles of any kind. Kind of like hololens on steroids without that lense.

15. darkkjedii

Posts: 30880; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

When I was a kid, I always heard cars would be flying by the year 2000. Hmmm...

16. Michael.Parker

Posts: 273; Member since: Aug 22, 2015

Can't wait for 15 years to see distracted hipsters with their headsets falling off cliffs like Lemmings as Apple maps is still badly inaccurate.

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