TF International Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, a respected Apple analyst with eyes on the company’s Asia supply chain, said he believes Apple will begin mass production of its head-worn augmented reality (AR) device as soon as the fourth quarter of This particular year.

Kuo hedges a bit in his note, however, suggesting which mass production may not begin until as late as the second quarter of 2020. which means the device might not launch until sometime next summer at the very earliest.

The headset, according to Kuo, will most likely sync up with an iPhone which feeds the item with the data the item needs to provide you information. This particular will be how different current headsets on the market work, like the Vuzix Blade, which syncs with Android along with also iPhone devices.

“We think, due to technology limitations, which Apple will integrate its head-worn AR device along with also iPhone,” Kuo wrote. “The former will be in charge of the display, along with also the latter will be in charge of computing, Internet access, indoor navigation, along with also outdoor navigation. Although there will be still much room for improvement for Apple’s first-generation head-worn AR device, we believe which This particular product will offer an all-fresh user experience along with also define the AR user interface. If Apple’s competitors launch products related to AR inside future, they may copy Apple’s design features.”

Although Apple has not acknowledged any such device, Bloomberg reported the company was working on an augmented reality headset in November 2017.

Tim Cook talked a bit about the limitations of AR glasses back in 2017. “Today I can tell you which the technology itself doesn’t exist to do which in a quality way,” he said. There have been improvements, however AR will be still very limited in what the item offers, largely because there’s a huge gap inside field of view inside headsets.”

Magic Leap will be one such example. the item lets you see the real world around you along with also drop digital items, like a huge big screen TV, anywhere you want. however, while you’re looking through the glasses, the digital objects only appear in a tiny stamp-sized window.

Perhaps Apple carries a solution to This particular problem. Tim Cook has said he believes augmented reality will be the future of computing, which will be why the latest iPhones already support AR-enabled apps. Moving those apps to a headset seems like a plausible next step.