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Apple’s computerized glasses will be as powerful as its Mac computers and launch by the end of 2022, top analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of TFI Asset Management said in a note to investors Friday.
Kuo has a stellar track record in predicting future Apple product launches thanks to his research over Apple’s supply chain. Kuo said the huge processing power will help the glasses stand out from competitors, since they will perform intensive tasks without a connection to a smartphone or computer. Previous reports said that the glasses would need a connection to an iPhone to work.
The latest report is likely thanks to Apple’s development of its own processors for Mac computers. These chips, which Apple calls the M1, outperform Intel processors that Apple previously used while preserving battery life.
This fall, Apple released the newest and most powerful versions of the M1 processor, the M1 Pro and M1 Max, in the new MacBook Pro. Kuo said that Apple’s glasses will also use a processor based on the M1.
Still, Kuo said that Apple will put the glasses as an iPhone accessory, not a replacement for the iPhone. This would play well in Apple’s strategy of selling wearable accessories like AirPods and Apple watches tied to its flagship product, the iPhone.
Apple’s glasses are said to use augmented reality, which is the technology that overlays digital images on top of the real world. The company has supported Aggressive reality on the iPhone for several years, but computerized glasses have the potential to open up even more uses for the technology.
Apple shares were down by more than 2% Friday among a broad market vendor.