Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo shared new insights into Apple’s Metalens technology, citing its eventual use in “Apple Glasses” around 2026 or 2027.
Apple supposedly develops There Metalens technology to replace plastic lens caps in future devices. The company would start with lens caps for Face ID and then move on to camera lenses and AR glasses.
The first version of Metalens technology will go into mass production in 2024 and will be used as a Face ID lens cap on iPad Pros. If successful, the iPhone will adopt Metalens for Face ID in 2025 or 2026, although Kuo says that’s more likely to be the case second hypothesis is likely.
After all, the technology would be used for that Apple glasses, the augmented reality glasses intended to display virtual content in the real world and featuring a “classic glasses” design. Kuo says that Apple glasses They won’t go into production until 2026 or 2027 at the earliest.
Metalens technology is expected to be more widespread between 2028 and 2030, replacing plastic lenses in low-end cameras and LiDAR systems.
An article from Harvard University describes metalens as a flat surface that uses nanostructures to focus light. The technology seems to be in its infancy, but Kuo is confident it will be ready for Face ID’s tiny lens caps by 2024.