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Apple likely to launch AR Headset in 2022, AR Glasses in 2023

The prototype of Apple AR glasses reportedly looks like “high-priced sunglasses with thick frames,” and the company is also exploring options to feature lenses that would darken during operation.

Apple is expected to launch its first 5G enabled smartphone in 2020. But that is not the only major plan that the company has for the year. A new report suggests that the tech giant is working on new 3D sensing camera module in 2020 which is expected to make a debut in 2020 with the new iPad Pro.

According to a report by Bloomberg, the new iPad Pro, which is likely to be launched in the first half of 2020 with two camera sensors – a 3D camera sensor system and another one from a current iPad model. This, as per the report, would allow users to create a three dimensional reconstruction of people, objects and rooms. These new sensors are also expected to make their way to the new iPhone series that is expected to launch with 5G connectivity in the fall of the year.

As per a separate report by The Information (via CNBC), Apple is planning to launch bigger AR headset in the year 2020. This is two years later than the timeline predicted by Apple analyst Ming Chi Quo. It is expected to launch smaller AR Glasses the following years. Apple reportedly gathered nearly 1,000 employees in its Steve Jobs Theatre to brief the people about its AR products.

The report states that the AR Headset developed by the Cupertino, California based company, as mentioned before, would be relatively large in size and similar in design to facebook’s Oculus Quest virtual reality (VR) headset. This report was also confirmed by a Bloomberg report, in which it stated that Apple’s AR / VR headset would focus on virtual meetings, gaming and watching videos. The report by The Information also stated the tech giant would launch a smaller version of its VR headset the following year – AR Glasses – that as per the report would be designed to be worn all day long.

It is worth mentioning that Apple is not the only company that is investing in AR and VR. Facebook and Microsoft are working on their Oculus and HoloLens projects. Google, on the other hand, ended its Daydream project.

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