Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicts in a new research note that Apple will release a “helmet-type” mixed-reality headset next year, augmented reality glasses in mid-2025, and an AR contact lens product by 2030-2040, according to MacRumors.
“We anticipate that the helmet product will provide AR and VR experiences, while glasses and contact lens types of products will more likely focus on AR applications,” Kuo writes in the note.
While several prototypes of Apple’s mixed reality headsets weigh between 200 and 300 grams, Kuo says, if Apple can solve some technical problems, the headset could end up weighing between 1
The headset will be able to offer an immersive experience Kuo says will be “significantly better” than those on the market now, with Sony micro-OLED screens, and should be able to run independently of an iPhone, “more like a portable product” than a mobile .
Kuo’s note is largely in line with other predictions of a headset that will hit the market sometime in 2022, but with the price tag closer to $ 3,000. The information last month reported that Apple used a fabric mesh material to reduce the weight of the headset, and had a rendering based on “internal Apple images of a late prototype” that showed what the headset could look like.