the Cupertino-based corporation will be able to replace the iPhone in less than a decade, by 2032. It would be replaced with an augmented reality (AR) gadget. Computer-generated visuals are superimposed on the actual environment.
Apple is rumoured to be working on a successor for its flagship iPhone. A new everyday computing device is anticipated to replace the flagship smartphone. Ming-Chi Kuo, an Apple analyst, has also proposed a date for this move, which isn’t far off.
The device could come in handy to overlay map directions, provide info about what the user is seeing, or play AR/VR games. As per 9to5Mac, Kuo explained that the company’s timeline sees the iPhone being replaced in a decade. “Currently, there are more than one billion active iPhone users,” said Kuo. “If Apple’s goal is to replace the iPhone with AR in 10 years, it means Apple will sell at least one billion AR devices in 10 years.”
Major tech firms including Facebook, Google, and Microsoft are betting big on developing AR devices that can be worn by users. Some of these devices such as Microsoft HoloLens already exist. Most analysts believe the device from Apple will be a pair of glasses that enable users to change the world around them.
AR/VR Headsets Are The Next Big Thing More importantly, Kuo emphasized that the success of these glasses will depend on how detached they are from the iPhone. “If the AR headset is positioned only as an accessory for the Mac or iPhone, it will not be conducive to the growth of the product. An AR headset that works independently means that it will have its own ecosystem and provide the most complete and flexible user experience.” Apple is said to launch an early version of its smart glasses in 2022.
These will go head-to-head with other AR/VR headsets such as Facebook’s Oculus Quest 2 ad HTC Vive. As per Kuo, this device won’t be dependent on the iPhone for performance – and will come “with the same computing power level as the Mac.” If the rumors are to be believed, the headset will come equipped with two Sony 4K micro OLED displays.
It means it will support virtual reality applications. AR and VR will bring the headset in line with Mark Zuckerberg’s vision of the Metaverse, which will allow users to live in a virtual environment inside the Metaverse. Apple has previously confirmed its interest in VR and AR but is yet to announce a dedicated headset.