Apple’s rumored headset might end up being a sidekick for your iPhone. A Wednesday report from Ming-chi Kuo, an Apple analyst at TF International Securities, said the company’s AR headset will enter mass production as soon as the fourth quarter of this year to meet an early 2020 launch, according to MacRumors.
CNET reported last year thatslated for release in 2020.
Thewill be marketed as an iPhone accessory, Kuo said, according to MacRumors. The headset will primarily be a display, Kuo reportedly said, with functions like computing and networking being handled by a companion iPhone. This could help keep the headset slim and lightweight, more like glasses, according to MacRumors.
Apple CEO Tim Cook has indicated the company is preparing for a big future in AR, saying it’s a technology that’s potentially as important as the iPhone. Apple unleashed a number of AR tools at its WWDC developer conference earlier this year, including a whole AR-making toolkit called Reality Composer. And while we’re still waiting for Apple to unveil an AR headset or glasses, there have been some of what the company is working on.
Apple and TF International Securities didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment.
Originally published Oct. 9, 10:54 a.m PT.
Update, 1:13 p.m. PT: Adds more background on Apple’s work with AR.