Apple’s computerized glasses will be as powerful as a Mac and launch next year, top analyst says

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  • Apple’s computerized glasses will be as powerful as a Mac and launch in late 2022, according to top analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.
  • This means that Apple will be using a version of its own M1 processor to power the new Glass.
  • Apple has long been rumored to be releasing a pair of glasses that use augmented reality, the technology that overlays digital images on top of the real world.

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TFI Asset Management’s top analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said in a note to investors on Friday that Apple’s computerized glasses will be as powerful as its Mac computers and launch in late 2022.

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Kuo has an excellent track record in predicting future Apple product launches thanks to his research into Apple’s supply chain. Kuo said the huge processing power will help differentiate the glasses from competitors because they will perform intensive tasks without a connection to a smartphone or computer. Previous reports said that a connection to the iPhone would be required for the glasses to work.

The latest report is probably thanks to Apple’s development of its own processor for Mac computers. Those chips, which Apple calls the M1, outperform Apple’s previously used Intel processors, while conserving a lot of battery life.

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Later this fall, Apple released the latest and most powerful versions of the M1 processors, the M1 Pro and M1 Max, in the new MacBook Pro. Kuo said that Apple’s glasses will also use processors based on the M1.

Still, Kuo said Apple will keep the glasses as an iPhone accessory, not a replacement for the iPhone. This will play well in Apple’s strategy to sell wearables like AirPods and Apple Watches, which are tied to its flagship product, the iPhone.

Apple’s glasses are said to use augmented reality, which is technology that overlays digital images on top of the real world. The company has supported augmented reality on the iPhone for many years, but computerized glasses have the potential to have even more uses for the technology.

Apple shares fell more than 2% on Friday amid a broader market sell-off.

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