Leaker counters claim of Apple AR glasses in 2022; affirms rollout next year

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Apple’s rumored augmented reality glasses ... coming 2021 or 2022?
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Apple’s widely rumored augmented reality glasses will be released sometime between March and June of 2021, according to leaker and YouTuber Jon Prosser, contradicting a report Thursday from Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo that the product is on course for its debut in 2022.

Prosser reported Friday that Kuo was “wrong” that the product would be released more than a year-and-a-half away, claiming “Apple Glasses are aimed for March-June 2021.” Prosser gave no other details to substantiate his claim.

The Front Page Tech editor boasted that he had even “seen” the Apple Glasses and that “they’re sleek as hell.”

Again, Prosser gave no evidence he had actually seen the product, but did say he would be “showing you soon” with evidence the product exists.

A different take …

On Thursday, Kuo wrote, “We predict that Apple will launch the Apple Glasses in 2022 at the earliest” in a note to investors and seen by Cult of Mac.

This is significantly later than what Kuo said a few months ago. In October 2019, he predicted Apple’s first-gen augmented reality glasses could come to market as soon as the second quarter of this year.

The Hong Kong-based analyst went on to point out in Thursday’s note that “the lens requires multi-layer laminations to create innovative MR/AR user experience.” That will clearly raise production costs, potentially increasing the overall price of the product.

Kuo bases his predictions on information coming from sources within Apple component suppliers and manufacturers. He’s considered unusually accurate at foretelling upcoming products, though not perfect.