First the “mixed reality” headset (2022), then eye glasses (2025), then contacts (2030-2040).
From MacRumors’ “Kuo: Apple to Launch Mixed Reality Headset in Mid 2022 and Augmented Reality Glasses by 2025” posted Sunday:
Kuo said the headset will be “portable,” with independent computing power and storage, but not truly “mobile” like an iPhone. “When the technology improves, we believe that the new helmet product can also enhance its mobility,” he said.
Kuo believes Apple’s headset has the potential to provide an “immersive experience that is significantly better than existing VR products.”
Kuo said the glasses will provide an “optical see-through AR experience,” and will be positioned as more of a “mobile” product than the mixed reality headset. “While the helmet provides a great immersive experience, the glasses focus more on providing a ‘mobile + AR’ experience,” he said. Kuo is looking forward to the Apple Glasses integrating with the long-rumored Apple Car, which is likely several years away.
Last, Kuo looked far into the future and predicted that Apple will launch “contact lenses” at some point after 2030. He said this product will bring electronics from the era of “visible computing” to “invisible computing,” but offered no further details.
My take: None dare call it industrial espionage.
See also: How reliable is Ming-Chi Kuo?