Google Smart Contact Lenses Concept, 2014
You know what we really need from Apple? Some augmented reality (AR) contact lenses, am I right? Well, according to Apple crystal ball holder and analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, his latest research note says the latter might be coming in the distant future.
The research note obtained by MacRumors says augmented reality “contact lenses” from Apple may debut in the 2030s. Yes, more than a decade from now. Kuo says the product will be part of the new era of “invisible computing”.
According to the analyst, these AR contact lenses are “unlikely to have independent computing power and storage.” It’s possible they would be connected to an owner’s iPhone to get data.
There’s “no visibility” for AR contact lenses, explains Kuo, suggesting a wild prediction of what may be in the works from Apple. Maybe Tom Cruise can tell us more about these smart contact lenses?
As for an AR product coming from Apple, Kuo says the company’s reality headset is on track to debut “in mid-2022”, while AR glasses may follow suit by 2025.
“We predict that Apple’s MR/AR product roadmap includes three phases: helmet type by 2022, glasses type by 2025, and contact lens type by 2030–2040,” detailed Kuo. “We foresee that the helmet product will provide AR and VR experiences, while glasses and contact lens types of products are more likely to focus on AR applications.”