According to Morgan Stanley analysts, Apple’s AR headset project is beginning to match the development of the Apple Watch before its launch in late 2014, suggesting the highly anticipated augmented reality (AR) headset is finally “approaching liftoff” (via MacRumors).
“Apple’s patent portfolio is beginning to mirror the period prior to the Watch launch,” the analysts noted, recalling how Apple heavily patented the tech behind the Apple Watch ahead of its unveiling, including iPhone connectivity and sensors, pedometer functionality and step detection, low-power Bluetooth, and more.
Morgan Stanley also said that while Apple has faced difficulties with the development of its AR technology, the project is now very close to its official launch.
The enormity of the technical challenge — compressing daylong battery, 5G, compute, cameras, lidar, projectors and wave guide lenses into a lightweight, attractive pair of glasses — is hard to overstate, but we are approaching liftoff.
Apple’s entry into the eyewear market will be a game changer for all participants as the technology gets normalized and popularized.
Based on veteran Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo’s predictions, Apple’s “mixed reality” headset will launch in late 2022 to early 2023.