Apple’s Contact Lenses Will Complete Its AR/VR Lineup in the Late 2020s or Early 2030s

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Apple is a company that changes the scope of each product category it goes into—ultimately making the products better than what anyone thought of them before. Apple will eventually cannibalize the iPhone within the next 10-15 years with the Apple mixed reality headset, Apple Glass AR glasses, and even contact lenses.

Apple putting everything we do in our hands on the iPhone, iPad, and Macs and moving it to our eyes is something that we only saw previously in science fiction movies or cartoons. The biggest pros for the upcoming contact lenses are for people who don’t like glasses on their face, especially when it comes to 2022, with COVID still in place and masks frustratingly fogging up lenses.

People will have customization options with the contact lenses that Apple Glasses may not have. Apple is expected to make the contact lenses blend in with your natural eye color – although Apple will also offer them in many colors as well, and the contact lens will mostly use AR capabilities instead of the mixed reality headset.

Mojo Lens will be the main competitor as they currently have true AR smart contact lenses that are already out in 2022. They are simple in terms of UI and not many people have heard of them or are rushing to put them on their eyeballs (as far as we know).

Apple’s contact lenses will use some version of the upcoming “realityOS” as its main operating system. Since they will be contact lenses, it will be much easier and cheaper to manufacture them – that means the price won’t be $1,000-$2,000 like the Apple mixed reality headset, or $399-$699 like Apple Glass; the price would likely be priced around $99-$299.

If plans go right, the release date will be sometime between the late 2020s and early 2030s, which is certainly a long while from now. Apple may attempt to replace the iPhone with this AR/VR lineup, but the company will more than likely still keep the iPhone around for some time for people who still want an iPhone in their pocket.

There is a security and privacy concern when it comes to AR contact lenses. Many movies have made consumers think that AR contact lenses will harm us rather than hurt us. With the recent AirTag “fiasco,” I think Apple needs to be careful since these will be on consumers’ eyes, so let’s hope there is no addictive stuff on these.

Do you personally feel safe with Apple coming out with smart contact lenses? Let us know your thoughts on Twitter. Thanks for reading!

[The information provided in this article has NOT been confirmed by Apple and may be speculation. Provided details may not be factual. Take all rumors, tech or otherwise, with a grain of salt.]

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