Apple is reportedly planning to launch its augmented reality (AR) ‘Apple Glasses’ by 2026 or 2027 at the earliest, subject to successful development of advanced Metalens technology in the intervening years.
The tech giant is developing Metalens technology to replace plastic lens covers in a range of devices, starting with the iPad and iPhone, according to Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, MacRumors reports.
Metalens is a flat lens technology that uses metasurfaces to focus light.
In optical applications, they can benefit from flat surfaces and reduced thickness compared to standard, curved refractive lenses.
In addition, Kuo noted that the metal covers are set to enter mass production in 2024 for use in Apple’s Face ID system for the iPad Pro, then the iPhone in 2025 or 2026.
According to the analyst, if the research progresses as expected, they will eventually be used in Apple’s AR glasses, which will go into production in 2026 or 2027 at the earliest.
Furthermore, according to the report, Kuo made an even bolder prediction that Metalens covers may soon replace the “lowest-end” plastic lenses used in cameras.
This could happen from 2028 to 2030, provided there is continued linear progress in manufacturing and software algorithm development.
Meanwhile, Apple will reportedly not include the iPhone SE 4 in its new product plan for 2024/2025.
Sharing the information on Twitter, Kuo said: “I think the SE 4 is currently not part of Apple’s new product plan for 2024/2025.”
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