With the arrival of 2020, Apple has already planned about launching the iPhone SE 2 and the new iPad Pro models. But now, the iPhone maker is said to be planning to follow up with the AR headset in the second quarter.
Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claims that Apple is going to collaborate with ‘third-party brands’ to release its first round of augmented reality headsets which will serve as an iPhone accessory. He also mentions that the new iPad Pro models will get a rear-facing 3D time-of-flight sensor.
This additional time-of-flight sensor on the back of the iPad will allow getting accurate depth data of the world around them. The feature is being designed as Apple aspires to turn iPad into an augmented reality platform. The iPhone SE 2 rumor is just getting more hype with the release of this new report from Kuo. The analyst had previously forecast 10 percent year-over-year growth in iPhone shipments during the first quarter of 2020.
Nikkei reported that Apple is working on an iPhone SE 2 with A13 SoC and a design similar to that of the iPhone 8.
According to 9to5Mac, Kuo himself had predicted second-quarter 2020 as the launch timeline for the glasses back in March.
The exact plan of Apple for AR glasses still remains unknown. It was initially reported that Apple will design AR glasses that are independent of the iPhone, just like the Apple Watch.
As Apple is obsessed with its own device, so, it is assumed that AR headset users will still need an iPhone to use the headset. The design also remains unknown and the big question is whether Apple will make a Google Glass-style device or something aimed at gamers. He also believes Apple will partner with third-party brands to release the first wave of its AR headsets.
According to Kuo, the device will be driven by the “CPU, GPU and network connectivity of a wirelessly connected iPhone.” The timeline shared by Kuo also suggests that MacBook with scissor-switch keys will arrive during the second quarter of 2019.
Apple is also planning to transition all MacBook models to new scissor-switch keyboard design by 2020. The updated MacBook Pro slated to launch in the fall of 2019 is expected to be the first device to get the keyboard design.