January has started and traditionally Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo will publish an extensive report with what we can expect from Apple in the new year. Kuo predicts that we will finally be able to purchase the AirTags in 2021 and the Cupertino company may launch AR glasses.
The already reliable Ming-Chi Kuo mentions in his predictions an augmented reality device. He does not mention details, but the analyst expects that the first generation of AR glasses from Apple will appear soon.
Apple AR glasses are expected in 2021
It is almost certain that Apple is busy with its own augmented reality glasses, but it was doubted for a long time whether the Apple Glass would actually be on the market. Nevertheless, more and more concrete details about these smart glasses appeared in the past year.
Thus, not only in the code of iOS Xcode 13 and 11 references were found to the AR glasses, a collaboration with Valve has already been mentioned. Ming-Chi Kuo expects Apple’s first-generation AR glasses to still be highly dependent on the iPhone and not yet function independently. The glasses will mainly function as a screen and just like the Apple Watch , the glasses will get its information from the iPhone.
AirTags will be released this year
Kuo is sure, this year Apple will finally release a new accessory that will help you find lost items. This is the AirTag, a smart tracker that can show the location and may use ARKit.
References to the physical tag have already been found in the code of iOS and Apple has even revealed the arrival . The tracker can be compared to the existing ‘ Tiles ‘, small blocks that you can hang on your bag or key ring. The AirTag will most likely turn white and round, in a video by Jon Prosser you can probably admire the AirTag’s couple 3D animation.
The iPhone 11 and iPhone 12 have received a U1 co-processor, and according to Apple is more precise than ever. The new Apple-designed U1 chip uses Ultra Wideband technology to calculate the exact location of other Apple devices with a U1 chip. Thanks to the U1 chip and iOS, you can now point your iPhone at another Ultra Wideband device. Most likely, the tag will also get a U1 chip so that you can locate it very precisely.
Other revelations from Kuo
Kuo also states in his report that Apple will provide even more Macs with their own chips, perhaps the iMac and 16-inch MacBook Pro will get a Silicon processor. In addition, the iPad Pro and some Macs may be equipped with mini LED displays and we can expect a new generation of AirPods 3. These will probably have a design that is similar to the current AirPods Pro , but without noise cancellation.