Apple’s augmented reality headset should arrive by the first half of 2022. Further confirmations come from Ming-Chi Kuo, the well-known analyst expert on Apple issues who, just in the week of WWDC, the Cupertino developer conference, released further speculation about the AR device.
Kuo has published a communication specifying both the presumed launch date and the entry, in the supply chain of the giant, of Genius Electronic Optical, a manufacturer of transparent lenses also working to respond to requests from Facebook and Sony in the field of augmented reality viewers. The addition of Taiwanese Genius Electronic Optical to Apple’s partner list is, for the analyst, the key clue on which to base the long-awaited “glasses” project, initially planned for 2023.
In the words of Ming-Chi Kuo: “Apple will launch AR HMD (head-mounted display) devices in the second quarter of 2022. The device will provide a clear-screen AR experience, through the lenses provided by Genius”. Genius Electronic Optical and Apple will also work together on the next generation of iPhone. The company will in fact produce the wide-angle lens and the telephoto lens to be mounted on the new iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max. It is expected that the AR viewer will use a Sony-branded microLED display, capable of showing itself transparent for augmented reality content and opaque for those. in virtual mode. There should be a total of 15 cameras on board, to track and faithfully reproduce users’ movements on the screen.
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