In October Patently Apple reported that a note from TF Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claimed that Apple was working with third-party suppliers on AR glasses and would be unveiled in the first half of 2020. A month later another rumor surfaced, this time from "The Information," claiming that smartglasses wouldn't surface in the market until 2022-2023.
Then last week Apple's modem partner Qualcomm introduced their new XR2 Platform that will power first-gen 5G extended reality (XR) smartglasses with foveated rendering with eye tracking with 3K X 3K resolution per eye at 90 frames per second and support 8K 360° videos at 60 frames per second, 7 cameras and much more. Our cover graphic is from Qualcomm's XR2 platform press release that provides greater platform details.
The hype emanating from Qualcomm's announcement that smartglasses would become a reality with Qualcomm smartphone vendors making a big push into this new market segment in 2020 and Epson's recently released smartglasses accessory for smartphones is likely what's behind the rumor. Adding Apple to any rumor is a sure fire way to draw attention to these next-gen wearables.
Taiwan's Financial News site Economic Daily is reporting on this weak rumor about smartglasses from Apple that supports analyst Ming-Chi Kuo's earlier rumor.
The rumor further speculates that Apple could likely use the new 5nm processor from TSMC to power their smartglasses.
Apple's engineering teams are exploring a number of high-end features for their smartglasses and future headsets with varying degrees of sophistication which may support the idea that Apple is planning a family of headset devices over time from a simple iPhone accessory to a full blown MR headset with the highest specifications using breakthrough technologies.
Just yesterday Patently Apple posted a granted patent report titled "Apple Patent focuses on integrating Inertial Measurement Units into future MR Headsets & Vehicles to enhance VR Experiences." To view other Apple inventions relating to possible future headsets, see our archives here.