It has been rumored for a couple of years that Apple is working on iPhone-powered augmented reality glasses. The company hasn’t acknowledged the existence of such a product but a well-regarded Apple analyst is now claiming that the company could begin production of its AR glasses later this year.

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Apple hasn’t produced any dedicated augmented reality hardware as yet even though it released ARkit, its first augmented reality software, back in 2017. Much of its work has been focused on creating AR software solutions for existing devices.

Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicts that Apple may begin production of its iPhone-powered augmented reality glasses by the end of this year. It’s said that the company might launch the glasses as an accessory for the iPhone. Kuo further predicts that the augmented reality glasses will have their own display but the processing, networking, and positional tracking duties will be taken care of by the iPhone that’s hooked up to the glasses.

Multiple reports over the past couple of years have claimed that Apple is going to release augmented reality glasses by the end of 2019 or by early 2020. The company itself hasn’t confirmed anything at this point in time. If this is due to happen, we may continue to hear more reports and rumors about the AR glasses in the coming weeks. Apple’s new iPhones aren’t due before the fall this year.

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