Apple to launch new iPhone SE next year

Joanna Estrada
October 10, 2019

CNET reported past year that Apple was working on an AR headset slated for release in 2020.

We have always been talking about Apple's AR headset plans, and it's no secret that the company has been working towards an AR headset for quite some time now.

In 2017, the iPhone maker filed a patent for a glasses-style device that harnesses augmented reality (AR), showing how the technology could work with a device and overlay information on real-world objects.

The report, from TF International Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo and first obtained by Apple-focused website, MacRumors, says that the headset is likely to launch in the second quarter of 2020.

And that will be crucial for the success of Apple's AR headset. Whether or not we'll one day see a standalone AR headset from Apple is up in the air, but at the start at least, you'll need to tap into the processing power of an iPhone if you want these glasses to function.

Rumours claim Apple's headset will also get its own operating system based on iOS called rOS ("reality operating system"), which could support a number of possible uses cases such as heads up directions, hands-free texting, and more.

Kuo said that the new iPhone SE will use the iPhone 8's body, which would make it an affordable alternative to Apple's recently-launched iPhone 11 range. Though if Apple opts for a simpler headset design similar to devices like North's Focals, or Vuzix's Blade, Apple may be less hesitant about releasing a consumer-ready headset next year.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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