Apple may begin producing augmented-reality headset by end of year, analyst predicts

Apple may start mass production of its augmented-reality headset as soon as the fourth quarter of 2019, according to a March 8 note from TF International Securities Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo reviewed by CNBC.

Working in sync with the iPhone, the AR headset would pull information the user requests from the data on their cellular device.

"The [AR headset] is in charge of the display, and the [iPhone] is in charge of computing, internet access, indoor navigation and outdoor navigation," Mr. Kuo wrote in the note. "Although there is still much room for improvement for Apple's first-generation head-worn AR device, we believe that this product will offer an all-new user experience and define the AR user interface."

Apple hasn't announced any plans on the device, but in 2017, Bloomberg said Apple was developing augmented-reality glasses and that could ship as early as 2020. In August 2018, the tech giant acquired Akonia Holographics, an augmented-reality glasses startup.

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