There have been multiple rumors to suggest that Apple could be working on an augmented reality headset, and last we heard it is expected that this device will only be released in 2020. However according to a report from the Nikkei Asian Review (via AppleInsider), that headset in question could be released slightly earlier.
This is according to Apple supplier Quanta (who helps make Apple’s MacBooks) in which the company’s vice chairman C.C. Leung was quoted as telling reporters, “We are working on an AR project and have studied the optical technologies that AR devices have needed since two years ago. Currently, we see such a device available in the market no later than the year 2019.”
Of course we should point out that Quanta has other customers besides Apple, and they could be working on a headset for someone else. However given Apple’s AR headset rumors and Quanta’s close ties with the Cupertino company, this has led to speculation that Leung could be referring to Apple’s AR efforts.
That being said, Apple’s CEO Tim Cook had previously hinted that such a device could be a long way off. Cook had stated that Apple does not believe that the technology today can achieve the quality that one would expect from such a headset. Whether or not that will change in the next couple of years remains to be seen.