Next Tuesday, Apple plans to announce a range of products that includes the iPhone 11 series, the Apple Watch 5 series, and a 10.2-inch iPad. But the last tweet from a trustworthy expert suggests that the company could have an important surprise on its sleeve.
Do not expect revolutionary from iPhone 11 and Apple Watch Series 5
The source in question accurately predicted the names of iPhone XS and XR last year, confirmed that Apple was working on a new iPad Mini in January and revealed the company’s plans for a 10.5-inch iPad Air weeks earlier of his presentation. Today’s forecast is quite inaccurate: the internal person simply quoted Steve Jobs, but the words “another thing” are used only when Apple has a revolutionary product under its sleeve, like the original Apple Watch or iPhone X.
We do not expect iPhone 11 and Apple Watch Series 5 to bring something revolutionary to the table and therefore are not worthy of the famous words of Steve Jobs. Similarly, the 10.2-inch iPad will be a typical upgrade and Apple’s Premium AirPods (which won’t even be announced next week) will probably not shake the industry in the short term. Therefore, this leaves only one possible product that would be worthy of such a famous presentation: The Apple AR glasses.
Previous reports had suggested that production could start between the fourth quarter of 2019 and A2 2020. This timeline would probably lead to a release around April or May, which basically replicates the original Apple Watch launch program. The latter was officially presented in September 2014 but did not start reaching stores until the end of April 2015.
Here’s how Apple glasses can work
According to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple’s first-generation AR glasses will depend heavily on the iPhone. The same portable device will essentially function as a screen and will include the necessary depth sensors, while all the required processing, rendering, Internet connectivity, and location services will be managed by the iPhone. Both products are expected to connect wirelessly like AirPods and Apple Watch, which means users shouldn’t worry about annoying cables.
This initial iPhone-dependent setup should contain costs and help create a lighter and more comfortable to use a headset. The only drawback will probably be the battery life due to the reduced cell capacity of the iPhone. Fortunately, the iPhone 11 line is set to offer larger batteries so that buyers of newer devices can keep their AR headphones longer.
Along with physical headphones, Apple is said to be developing a specially designed operating system called “ROS” based on iOS like many other Apple operating systems. This will be combined with touch panel, voice-activation via Siri and a variety of head gestures that allow users to control the AR product.
Whether Apple Glasses is successful or not depends on the debate. Analysts such as Gene Munster of Loup Venture believe the product could be Apple’s next big news and eventually could be bigger than the iPhone. But at present, the AR headset market is relatively small, so it can take years and a lot of patience before sales start to take off, something Apple should be used to right now.
The original Apple Watch did not meet the company’s sales targets, but later models continued to grow in popularity. The portable device is still far behind the iPhone in terms of sales, but now sells more than the iPad. Moreover, combined with AirPods, it could soon contribute to more revenue than Apple’s Mac business, which is currently the second-largest segment of the Cupertino giant.
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