That’s according to Ming-Chi Kuo (an analyst with a great track record for Apple leaks), who predicts in a research note seen by MacRumors that “Apple will launch AR [augmented reality] HMD [head-mounted display] devices in 2Q22.”
However, release date rumors for the Apple Glasses have been all over the place, from as early as this year (2021) to 2023 or later, with Kuo himself adjusting his predictions as time has gone on. So despite his generally good track record, we’d take this 2022 claim with a serious helping of salt.
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Headset or glasses, AR or VR?
There’s also the question of what form this AR wearable will take. Generally when we talk about Apple Glasses we think of something along the lines of Google Glass – actual glasses with an augmented reality display built into the lenses. But there’s talk in some quarters of the initial version being more of a headset, like goggles, with sleeker glasses possibly following a few years later.
Kuo’s description here doesn’t make it entirely clear which version he expects in 2022. Further confusing matters, these aren’t the only glasses-like devices Apple is rumored to be working on, as the company is also rumored to be developing a VR (virtual reality) headset, which itself could land in 2022. Or maybe this 2022 device will offer both VR and AR.
For now, we wouldn’t pin our hopes on seeing any of these next year, but it’s certainly possible that at least one will land. One thing that we would expect is that both Apple Glasses and the Apple VR headset will be very expensive, so if you’re hoping to buy either you might want to use this time to get saving.
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James is a freelance phones, tablets and wearables writer and sub-editor at TechRadar. He has a love for everything ‘smart’, from watches to lights, and can often be found arguing with AI assistants or drowning in the latest apps. James also contributes to 3G.co.uk, 4G.co.uk and 5G.co.uk and has written for T3, Digital Camera World, Clarity Media and others, with work on the web, in print and on TV.