Apple Glasses launch may just happen in 2021

The Apple Glasses launch could happen in 2021, as per a new report. A Loup Ventures analyst named Gene Munster mentioned the AR headset in a larger note discussing new product categories the iPhone maker can pursue.

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According to Munster, the Apple Glasses could become a reality in December 2021. This is actually a year later than he had predicted earlier. It seems several AR experts think that AR wearables as a category are still a few years away. None of these sources have direct knowledge of the company’s plans though.

Apple Glasses Launch Speculation

CNET recently spoke to someone who was familiar with Apple’s plans. He claims the Apple Glasses launch will happen in 2020. Whoever is right, it’s clear the brand is working on some kind of headset involving augmented reality.

Munster is very positive about the Apple device, predicting sales of over 10 million units in its first year of availability. He thinks the firm’s AR gamble will roll out in 3 stages. First, the 2020/2021 iPhones will arrive with VCSEL arrays to help facilitate AR experiences.

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Second, ARKit apps will become “the next gold rush for developers.” Third, the Apple Glasses will get released to the public. The analyst acknowledges that people aren’t ready for AR headsets yet, given the bad press the Google Glasses generated with its creepy recording camera.

He’s hopeful that AR wearables will eventually become a more popular concept. Apple could pave the path for that as it’s done for other game-changing products in the past. For instance, the Apple Watch helped make smartwatches mainstream and is now saving lives.

The note was light on details, but reports in the past have alleged specs like 16K displays, a custom 5nm processor, and 60GHz WiGig connectivity. Apple might even develop a new rOS (reality operating system) software to power the glasses. Both AR and VR capabilities could be on the cards.