We’ve been hearing about Apple Glass since recorded history began—or it seems, at least, with a 2015 patent detailing the software and hardware that used consumer-facing smart glasses. could be the reason.
Since 2019, Apple Glass rumors and leaks have increased in frequency, and it seems like every few months we get another big report detailing a possible release date and features. But so far, our faces are devoid of Apple-branded smart specs.
Currently, Apple Glasses look like they’ll be released in 2022—but this is the most recent in a long string of posited windows, so it’s hard to really know the truth. In the meantime, Apple continues to release its distinctive suite of iPhones, iPads, Apple Watches, Macs, and Apple TVs. Heck, aside from the canceled AirPower charging mat, there’s no indication that Apple is developing anything beyond its current lineup.
We might not even see Apple Glasses from the company any time soon. A recent rumor suggested that Apple would be the first to release a pricey VR-focused headset, possibly in 2022, with an AR-focused headset we anticipate to be Apple Glasses by 2023 at the earliest.
That’s why there’s a lot of confusion and debate about when or not we’ll get Apple Glasses, but the latest leaks suggest they may be announced much earlier, but won’t hit stores until much later.
While you try and get your head around it, let’s take a look at all the Apple Glass leaks and rumors, as well as Apple’s augmented reality background and why AR glasses seemed like the next big step for the tech giant. .
If rumors are to be believed, both Apple glasses and Apple’s AR/VR headset could land in 2022.
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cut to the chase
- What is this? A new Apple wearable, a pair of glasses using augmented reality technology
- When is it out? may be announced in 2022
- How much does this cost? One source suggests $499 (about £410 / AU$765)
What will the Apple AR Glasses cost?
This is a tough question, as there are no real examples yet for this type of thing. The only rumor so far on that subject claims $499 (about £410 / AU$765) – not including any prescription fees.
And yet, another rumor, based on an alleged JPMorgan Chase analyst note, suggests that the content (COM) alone could cost $499 — and given Apple’s notoriety for pricey devices, we’d rather go for Apple Glass. Can see very high price. A separate rumor suggests that the price could be closer to that of premium devices like the $5,999 (about £5,499, AU$9,999) iMac Pro.
When might Apple Glasses be released?
We’ve been hearing potential Apple Glass release dates for years, and we’re getting more and more nervous every time a new date comes out.
Currently, it looks like we may see the first generation of Apple Glass in the first half of 2022, which is a very wide window.
Still, sometime in 2022 is certainly possible, something one investment group claims they’re almost ready to reveal.
Again, reports also suggest that Apple’s AR/VR headset could land in 2022 (albeit not until the end of the year), and we’re unsure which one will land first, or whether Apple will launch both in the same year.
Apple AR Glasses Hardware: Proofs, Patents and Specs
The biggest leaks on that front have detailed a lot of things. According to John Prosser (a reliable leaker), Apple Glass will be called Apple Glass and will be able to display information on both lenses, with the user controlling them through gestures both on the frame and on the front.
All processing will apparently be handled by a connected iPhone, and Apple Glass won’t have traditional cameras, but will have a LiDAR scanner to power the AR experiences. A rumor in early 2021 confirmed that LiDAR would be part of six lenses as well as Apple Glass, although it was unclear whether this referred to layered glass or camera lenses.
Other details from the source include that there apparently won’t be a sunglasses version, because the display doesn’t work with tinted lenses, observers won’t be able to tell that the lenses are displaying anything, and that the frame – at least At least one prototype – made of plastic.
The same source also said that Apple is experimenting with a special Steve Jobs Edition version of the glasses. It will work like an Apple Watch Edition where the company sells a certain style of its product at a higher price.
Another source for the Apple leak – Mark Gurman at Bloomberg – has also said that the previous information is not accurate, so take all this with a big pinch of salt. A later report of theirs, citing sources, claimed that AR glasses are still in very early development and won’t come out until at least 2023, but before that there will be an Apple VR headset that could arrive in 2022.
In addition, Apple has been busy taking on companies interested in AR, which it suggests is rolling out a product of its own — and Cook recently said that Apple has several new products in the pipeline. Who can “blow you up”.
We’ve also seen a bunch of Apple patents recently, detailing how specially designed lenses can be used to cast images onto a user’s eye, and a touchscreen surface (like the iPhone). or iPad) can be used as a controller.
A patent points to glasses with adjustable opacity, which can help add focus to video, for example, or aid in visibility on a particularly bright day.
Apple filed a patent in early February this year for a catadioptric optical system – a series of lenses designed to project images into a user’s eye.
In fact, Apple has been granted 53 patents, including its AR wearable, 3D mapping technology, and a more intelligent iPhone home screen, as discovered by Patently Apple.
Perhaps the most telling is the leaked injury report from Apple’s Cupertino headquarters, which suggests that Apple is working on a “prototype unit” that resulted in two users with eye injuries.
Apple has hired several prominent AR talent over the years. Hiring Jeff Norris, founder of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab’s Mission Operations Innovation Office, Apple has roped in a key NASA employee for the project, according to a Bloomberg report.
He is said to be working as part of an augmented reality team led by another hunting genius, Dolby Labs executive Mike Rockwell.
That team is apparently 1,000 people strong, and the AR glasses they’re working on are said to have a high-resolution display, cameras, 3D scanning, and “advanced human recognition.” They’re apparently also working on an AR headset, which may launch with an Oculus Quest-like design, but a lighter, more comfortable build.
In May 2020, Apple confirmed that it had acquired NextVR, a startup that produces virtual reality content from the likes of the NBA and Fox Sports. While it’s unclear how this might affect Apple AR glasses, it’s arguable that the startup’s expertise will contribute to product design in some way.
While the specs weren’t announced during the iPhone 12 launch in October 2020, as was rumored, we heard a rumor from display expert Ross Young that they would use Sony’s half-inch MicroOLED display with 1280 x 960 resolution, Which will combine for a single pixel. -Per-inch (ppi) density over 3000.
I should clarify that this is AR only. It will use projection optics inside the glasses.October 22, 2020
What is Augmented Reality?
You are familiar with the concept of virtual reality, right? Popping on a headset and having software transport you to an interactive, 360-degree, left, right, up, down, fully virtual world?
Augmented Reality works in a similar way but with one major difference. Instead of giving a window into an invented world, it uses either a screen or a transparent lens to place digital objects on top of the real world around you.
The most popular examples of this in action would be the lenses and filters available on Instagram and Snapchat – which make it look like you have a crumpled face, a dog’s tongue or a heart coming out of your eyes.
Another great example of well-executed and mainstream AR is Pokémon Go which places Pikachu and co in your world through a combination of your phone’s camera and screen.
Both see your real world being ‘enhanced’ by the software on your smart device. Essentially, AR lets you access context sensitive digital information in your real-world environment – look up a subway station and automatically display train times, for example, or walk down the aisle of a food store. And the glasses recommend a prescription. Applications can be exciting and can be used for games and entertainment or for the extremely boring and extremely practical.
Augmented reality could also get a significant boost thanks to the advent of 5G. In fact, many believe that 5G could play a key role in augmented reality, which could eventually hit the mainstream – at least for those in the UK.
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What is Apple ARKit?
First launched in 2017, ARKit was Apple’s way of sticking its flag in the augmented reality landscape, an effort to claim the space as its own.
First revealed at WWDC 2017, ARKit is a new set of APIs that let developers build augmented reality applications for Apple devices. They can now create apps that harness the camera, processor, and sensors in your iPhone or iPad and use this information to overlay virtual objects onto the real world.
It is now in its third version, with the latest version coming in September 2019 with iOS 13.
Users don’t necessarily know that an app is built with ARKit – there’s no label – but they’ll see a fun, ar…