As noted by Bloomberg, Apple allegedly had plans to develop an AR headset back in 2017. To further these rumours, respected Taiwanese analyst Ming-Chi Kuo supported these claims. Kuo mentioned how the product could enter production within the fourth quarter of 2019.
DigiTimes reported that Apple has shifted its in-house teams to work alongside Valve in the development of the AR device. Apple had temporarily suspended its AR projects earlier this year.
As DigiTimes notes;
“Apple will co-operate with Valve on AR headsets rather than VR devices as its CEO Tim Cook believes that AR can make digital content become part of the user’s world and will be as popular as smartphones with consumers.”
Apple’s AR device is being marketed as an iPhone accessory. To differentiate itself from other competitors and similar products. DigiTimes has noted the product will be a “head-mounted display device”. Previous reports corroborated by Kuo suggest that the iPhone handset will handle computing, networking, and positioning. The AR device will handle display functions.