Apple have just released the iPhone 11, but that hasn’t stopped the rumor mill from spinning. According to reports from trusted analyst Ming-Chi Kuo from 9to5Mac. Apple will begin production on their very own Augmented Reality (AR) headset as soon as the fourth quarter of 2019 ends, with the hopes for an early 2020 launch.
It’s unclear what the headset will look like. However, it appears as though it will offload all wireless computing, networking, and location-related tasks to the iPhones powerful A13 bionic chip. By putting most of the workload on the iPhone instead of the headset itself, Apple hopes to keep the headset relatively thin and lightweight, possibly resembling the Snap Spectacle or Google Glass.
Along with the reported AR headset, Kuo had a few more predictions to get you excited about 2020 product lineup. He suggests that Apple are working on a new low-cost iPhone SE which could be released in the first quarter of 2020. This version of the iPhone SE will ship with Apples A13 Bionic chip, while being housed in the body of the iPhone 8. If these reports are to be believed, this new iPhone SE would be a perfect low-cost alternative for those not willing to fork out for the iPhone 11.
Finally, Kuo reported that a new iPad Pro could be on the way. This new device will reportedly feature an upgraded rear-facing, 3D time-of-flight sensor. A time-of-flight camera does exactly what the name implies, it measures the amount of time it takes for an LED or laser to bounce off certain objects in a room. Once the camera measures the travel time of the LED, the sensor is able to accurately map a detailed 3D environment. Apple will most likely use this technology to enhance the AR capabilities of the newest iPad to be used in conjunction with the rumored AR Headset.