You all probably know Ming-Chi Kuo. He is a respected Apple analyst and have made most predictions right before. He recently posted a new research note that suggests next year launch for Apple VR/AR headset. A possible Apple event has been rumored for a while now that announces the new iPad Pro models and ‘other interesting devices’. So that may include the Apple’s long time rumored VR/AR headset. Ming-Chi Kuo have already talked about foldable iPhone, a smaller notch in the iPhone 13 series, punch hole displays for future devices and vapor cooling systems.
He believes on Apple’s roadmap for virtual reality products that list a new helmet type wearable headset that has AR and VR capabilities. Apple AR Glasses can be expected on 2025 and a more advanced AR Contact lens may arrive at 2030 or 2040. The VR/AR headset is expected to have a weight of around 100-200 grams. The current prototypes that is being tested are of weight between 200-300 grams, but the final product will shrink the weight considerably. Apple may use Sony micro-OLED displays in the headset which would have “independent computing power and storage,” that means it may have the ability to run independently without connecting it to an iPhone or an Apple device.
Apple has been researching on AR and VR for a while now. This headset could be really impressive when compared to the competing headsets. Apple may highly integrate this headset with better video capabilities to handle Apple TV+ and Apple Arcade. The headset is expected to cost around $1000. Currently HTC makes their VIVE headsets that is really impressive and handles gaming as well with their controllers. This Apple will compete directly with the HTC VIVE.