Rumors about Apple AR (augmented reality) glasses have been flying for years, but recent reports suggest they could be arriving sooner than we thought.

The evidence to suggest an imminent launch is mounting. Apple has filed multiple patents relating to AR glasses, the first back in July 2017, which was renewed in February this year. Apple employees have also reportedly met with AR waveguide companies recently. Waveguides direct electromagnetic spectrum waves a certain way, for example, into a user's line of sight.

Basic AR software has been part of Apple's offerings since 2017's iOS 11. Animojis work thanks to AR, as do some apps, such as Pokémon GO.

The "most accurate" Apple analyst, Ming-Chi Kuo, predicts the glasses will go into production as early as the end of 2019, or by the middle of 2020 at the latest. This aligns with a Bloomberg report from late 2017 suggesting a similar timeline.

Kuo also says the AR glasses will be an iPhone accessory, much like the Apple Watch. The heavy lifting will be done by the iPhone, with the glasses acting mostly as a display that also transmits visual information to the iPhone. This would mean the glasses can be streamlined in design, making them more comfortable and attractive to wear.

Of course, there is no price yet, and it's tricky to guess a ballpark figure, as this will be the first gadget of its kind produced by Apple. Similar products already on the market range from $150 for the basic Snap Spectacles, to over $2000 for Microsoft's versions.

Stay tuned for more updates.

What To Read Next

  • Image on Highsnobiety

    This Slinky Dress Was Literally Sprayed Onto Bella Hadid's Body

    Style
  • Image on Highsnobiety

    Knee-High Socks Have Been Bella Hadid-Approved

    Style
  • Image on Highsnobiety

    Bella Hadid: From Tighty-Whities to Formal Wear

    Style
  • Image on Highsnobiety

    Can Bella Hadid Make Wearing Tighty-Whities in Public a Thing?

    Style
  • Image on Highsnobiety

    Converse's Chuck Taylors Runs Into ​A-COLD-WALL* Again

    Sneakers
  • Image on Highsnobiety

    The North Face Urban Exploration Does a Lot With a Little

    Style
*If you submitted your e-mail address and placed an order, we may use your e-mail address to inform you regularly about similar products without prior explicit consent. You can object to the use of your e-mail address for this purpose at any time without incurring any costs other than the transmission costs according to the basic tariffs. Each newsletter contains an unsubscribe link. Alternatively, you can object to receiving the newsletter at any time by sending an e-mail to info@highsnobiety.com

Web Accessibility Statement

Titelmedia (Highsnobiety), is committed to facilitating and improving the accessibility and usability of its Website, www.highsnobiety.com. Titelmedia strives to ensure that its Website services and content are accessible to persons with disabilities including users of screen reader technology. To accomplish this, Titelmedia has engaged UsableNet Inc, a leading web accessibility consultant to help test, remediate and maintain our Website in-line with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), which also bring the Website into conformance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

Disclaimer

Please be aware that our efforts to maintain accessibility and usability are ongoing. While we strive to make the Website as accessible as possible some issues can be encountered by different assistive technology as the range of assistive technology is wide and varied.

Contact Us

If, at any time, you have specific questions or concerns about the accessibility of any particular webpage on this Website, please contact us at accessibility@highsnobiety.com, +49 (0)30 235 908 500. If you do encounter an accessibility issue, please be sure to specify the web page and nature of the issue in your email and/or phone call, and we will make all reasonable efforts to make that page or the information contained therein accessible for you.