Apple expects to replace iPhone by a NEW everyday computing device.
One expert has revealed the timeline for this monumental shift – and it’s not very far away.
Top analyst and long-time industry insider Ming-Chi Kuo says Apple expects to replace the iPhone in just 10 years – by 2032.
In its place would be an AR device – that’s augmented reality.
AR refers to computer-generated images that are overlayed on the environment around you.
AR is available in Pokemon Go apps right now.
But tech companies – including Facebook, Microsoft and Google – are scrambling to develop AR devices that can be worn.
Some of them are already in existence, like Microsoft HoloLens.
The majority of experts believe that the device is a pair or glasses that will allow you to alter the world around.
This could be overlaying map directions, showing you info about what you’re seeing, or playing AR/VR video games.
In a note to investors seen by tech blog 9to5Mac, Kuo explained that Apple’s timeline sees the iPhone replaced in 10 years.
“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.”
Kuo states that these goggles’ success will be determined by how far they can be removed 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 expects to release an early version next year.
These will compete with other early AR/VR devices like Facebook’s Oculus Quest 2 and the HTC Vive.
According to Kuo, this early device won’t rely on the iPhone for performance – and will ship “with the same computing power level as the Mac”.
The headset is tipped to feature two Sony-built 4K micro OLED displays.
This would indicate that the goggles would also be able to support virtual reality – like AR, but where you’re totally immersed in a computer-generated world.
AR and VR tie in with Mark Zuckerberg’s vision of the metaverse.
Zuckerberg’s Meta – formerly Facebook – recently announced that you’d soon be able to live in a virtual home inside the metaverse.
Apple has previously confirmed interest in AR and VR, but hasn’t formally announced a dedicated headset yet.
The Sun published the original story and it was republished here by permission.