Apple’s Secret Augmented and Virtual Reality Project

Apple is rumored to have a secret team of hundreds of employees working on virtual and augmented reality projects.

Apple has been exploring virtual reality and augmented reality technologies for more than 10 years based on patent filings, but with virtual and augmented reality exploding in popularity with the launch of ARKit, Apple’s dabbling is growing more serious and is expected to lead to an AR/VR product in 2022.

Apple is rumored to be working on at least two AR projects that include an augmented reality headset set to be released in right around 2022 followed by a sleeker pair of augmented reality glasses coming at a later date. Many rumors have focused solely on the glasses, however, leading to some confusion about Apple’s plans, but it appears the AR/VRheadset will be the first product launched.

Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes Apple’s “mixed reality” headset will come out in the late 2022 or early 2023, with the Apple Glasses to follow in 2025, though other sources have said the glasses will come in 2023. The headset is AR/VR, aka mixed reality, while Apple’s Glasses are augmented reality.

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