The next iPad Pro may arrive in early 2020 with 3D sensors

Yolanda Curtis
November 12, 2019

Bummer. (Also, Apple, apparently not all 1,000 of those employees can keep a secret.) The 2022 AR headset sounds interesting, but it's the glasses that could take AR as mainstream as AirPods and Apple Watches. According to, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes that at least one new iPhone in 2020 will feature a smaller front camera lens for an improved screen to bezel ratio, ultimately resulting in a smaller notch at the front. The company has been working on a new 3D system for several years that will be key to its upcoming AR headsets and AR glasses. Apple Vice President Mike Rockwell, who heads the team responsible for Apple's AR and virtual reality initiatives, led the meeting, which included new details about the design and features of the AR headset, these people said.

The smart glasses, due a year later, will be strictly AR, with early prototypes that "look like high-priced sunglasses with thick frames that house the battery and chips". Apple CEO Tim Cook told the Independent in 2017 that AR is "a big idea, like the smartphone", adding that "The smartphone is for everyone, we don't have to think the iPhone is about a certain demographic, or country or vertical market: it's for everyone".

Then, by 2023, it hopes to launch a lightweight pair of AR glasses.

Gurman says Apple is "working on a range of augmented and virtual-reality devices underpinned by a new 3-D sensor system, according to people familiar with the plans".

Provided that Apple sticks with its previous release schedule, we'll likely see the iPhone 12 make its debut mid-September 2020. In addition, the Face ID sensor will also be enhanced and will be available on the newer Apple mobile devices. Arguably the most significant issue with VR headsets so much has been making them socially suitable you nearly certainly bear in mind the mess that was Google Glass.

Apple is looking into putting some advanced tech into the glasses, including darkening the lenses when the wearer is using AR. By packing this technology into its gadgets and making it compatible with existing models, Apple would firmly establish its AR system among consumers.

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