Apple expected to launch rumored AR headset, new budget iPhone in 2020


The Apple Post has shared concept images created by Italian Industrial and Graphic Designer Xhakomo Doda that envisions Apple's new AR smart glasses, which imagine interchangeable frames and a sleek stainless steel casing with a sapphire crystal glass front and back housing the eyewear's battery and internals.

Apple would reportedly launch an Augmented Reality (AR) headset and a new iPad Pro next year. And, the new iPad Pro models will most likely have a rear-facing 3D ToF sensor.

Augmented reality glasses allow information to be projected over the real world.

According to Kuo, the upcoming iPhone SE 2 will sport an iPhone 8-inspired design structure and feature the newest A13 Bionic chip. We should also be witnessing the first 5G iPhone next year, but definitely not in the first half of 2020. There's a good chance this initial headset may only be a developer kit and not a device slated for a full consumer release, as there isn't much of a reason to sell AR glasses if there's no content to go with it. Bloomberg first reported that Apple was developing an AR headset in 2017 and was aiming to have the technology ready by 2019.

The existence of an Apple AR headset, or at least evidence of its development, is essentially confirmed at this point. Microsoft and Google has already done so, but no mass adoption is seen - probably due to its bulky and less-than-stylish designs. Without providing additional context, Kuo adds Apple will work third-party brands to launch the accessory. 9to5Mac suggests Kuo means we could see a slate of different iPhone-compatible AR headsets from a variety of brands. Kuo's sources indicated that the spectacles will pair with the user's iPhone and rely on the device for the bulk of its processing power.

Lastly, Kuo mentions that Apple will release a scissor key MacBook sometime in the second quarter of 2020.

Additionally, Apple has several rumoured products in the line-up for its October event, including a 16-inch MacBook Pro with a scissor keyboard, refreshed iPad Pro model along with Apple Tags items trackers.