MANILA -- Apple could begin production of its long rumored augmented reality glasses as early as the fourth quarter of this year, according to reports on Monday.
The glasses will work as an accessory to the iPhone, acting as a display, while the handset takes care of computing functions, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo was quoted in several reports.
The Apple analyst has a track record for accurately predicting Apple products, including the redesign, swipe-based gestures and $1,000 price tag of the iPhone X in 2017.
Bloomberg reported in late 2016 that Apple was considering expanding into wearable glass headsets and has talked about the project with potential suppliers.
Apple will mass produce the AR glasses as early as the fourth quarter but it could be pushed back to the second quarter of 2020, according to Kuo.
Cupertino-based Apple, under pressure to innovate away from its core iPhone business, has baked AR into its software. Shoppers can use AR on Apple devices to simulate how IKEA furniture will look in their living spaces or find their way to boarding gates for American Airlines flights.