he rumours of Apple launching their first augmented reality device has been whispered since 2017 following a report made by Bloomberg. Now, it appears that Apple is closer than ever to launching their first augmented reality product, thought to be the ‘Apple Glasses’.
It's well known that Apple has been experimenting with augmented reality for years now with CEO of Apple Tim Cook seeing augmented reality as the next big thing in tech, however, the big question is just when will the mysterious AR Glasses actually be ready to debut?
According to recent reports, Apple is expected to launch an augmented reality headset in 2020, followed by the infamous AR Glasses in 2023. The Apple headset is rumoured to be a sleeker version of the Oculus Quest VR headset, with both AR and VR capabilities. The 2023 AR Glasses will be a more complex, futuristic device, disguised as a pair of high end sunglasses.
Bloomberg have also stated that Apple Glasses will be deployed on a new ‘rOS’ operating system, specifically designed for the headset. There is also the addition of a new ‘3D sensor system’, a more advanced version of the current FaceID, used in existing iPhones and iPads. It is believed that the Apple headset will be tailored to virtual meetings, video and gaming. The first generation of Apple Glasses will rely on the iPhone for processing.
It is predicted by many technology insiders that AR glasses will replace smartphones and tablet devices in the next decade. Apple and other technology companies are all working on wearable AR technology projects.
Despite the pandemic, Apple has had a busy 2020 and 2021 is looking the same way, with multiple launches of new products including, AirTags, new AirPods, more Apple Silicon Macs, new iPad Pro and MacBooks with mini-LED displays.