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- Medhi Naitmazi
The rumor of a mixed reality headset from Apple, which should combine augmented reality and virtual reality technologies in a single device, has been gaining momentum for a year. While we were expecting a presentation at WWDC22 last week, the helmet was postponed for a few months. At the same time, the company is also working on new AR glasses. According to Haitong Intl Tech Research analyst Jeff Pu, Apple’s AR glasses will be announced at the end of 2024.
Apple Glass at the same time as the 2nd helmet
In a note seen by our colleagues at 9to5Mac, Jeff Pu explains that Luxshare will remain one of Apple’s main suppliers for upcoming devices between the end of 2022 and 2024. For the analyst, Luxshare will be a key player for products such as as Apple Watch Series 8, iPhone 14, and Apple’s AR/VR headset. As for AR glasses, we will have to wait until the second half of 2024.
At this point, details about Apple’s AR glasses are slim. Unlike Apple’s AR/VR headset, the new Apple Glasses will be heavily dependent on the iPhone due to design limitations. Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said in 2019 that the much-talked-about “Apple Glasses” would act more like a display for the iPhone, much like the first-generation Apple Watch. But the following models should replace the iPhone within 10 years.
The mixed reality headset, on the other hand, should have a more imposing design to accommodate its powerful hardware capable of processing AR and VR content in high resolution and independently of other Apple devices.
Interestingly, while most rumors still focus on the first generation of Apple’s AR/VR headset, Pu mentions in his report that the company is already planning the second generation of its headset which will be introduced in late 2024 alongside the new AR glasses. And unsurprisingly, the analyst still believes that Apple’s first headphones will be introduced in early 2023. These could be the last products of the Tim Cook era that intends to retire soon.
The next Apple products to come
While waiting for these innovations, Jeff Pu confirmed that Luxshare is speeding up the production chain for the new iPhone 14 and Apple Watch 8 models that will arrive later this year. The report mentions new “premium S8 and S8” watches, suggesting that Apple will announce two new Apple Watch models this fall. The design would finally be completely new. We are even expecting a third variant, the replacement for the Apple Watch SE, probably with the S8 chip.
Finally, still according to Jeff Pu, Luxshare would be involved in the production of the Apple Car.