Apple AR Glasses
Apple is set to release a pair of augmented reality glasses within the next two years.
Apple representatives met with suppliers who make the type of parts required to power augmented reality glasses at CES, according to Bloomberg News.
During CES, players like Apple, Facebook, and Google met with suppliers that make the parts required to power AR glasses.
The report doesn’t provide any additional details about the meetings, or what was discussed, but it’s yet more evidence that “Apple Glasses” may one day go from rumor to reality.
Bloomberg News has previously reported that Apple is working on a augmented reality headset that could launch by 2020. An early version is said to have a dedicated display, a built-in processor, and a custom operating system dubbed “rOS” for “reality operating system.
It’s said that Apple hasn’t finalized how users will control the headset and launch apps, but their supposedly investigating touchscreens, Siri voice activation, and head gestures.
Engineers are prototyping a range of applications, from mapping and texting to more advanced features including virtual meeting rooms and 360-degree video playback.
The company has discussed pairing the headset with its own version of the App Store, where users would be able to download content, just as they do with the iPhone, Watch, Apple TV and Mac.
Apple software engineers are said to be using HTC Vive headsets for internal testing purposes, while working on a device similar to an Oculus Gear VR headset that uses an iPhone’s display and other hardware.
An augmented reality headset is one of several projects that a team of Apple software engineers are supposedly working on under the umbrella code name of “T288” at the company’s offices in Cupertino and Sunnyvale.
They are reportedly the same team that worked on Apple’s ARKit platform for iPhone and iPad.
Apple CEO Tim Cook, despite repeatedly expressing a profound interest in augmented reality, recently alluded to any headset being at least a few years away during an interview with The Independent.
“Today I can tell you that the technology itself doesn’t exist to do that in a quality way. We don’t give a rats about being first, we want to be best in creating people’s experiences.
Something that you would see out in the market any time soon would not be something that any of us would be satisfied with.
Apple’s acquisitions of augmented reality headset Vrvana and eye tracking company SensoMotoric instruments could certainly help Apple build a headset, but we likely still have a few more years to wait until we see any finalized product.
The glasses are said to be outfitted with Apple’s version of augmented reality.
Tim Cook stated that he believes augmented reality is the future and is investing heavily in it.
Apple tends to see VR or virtual reality for gaming and augmented reality for more real world use.
It’s said they’ve been working on these augmented reality glasses for 2 years already and have just about perfected them.
If Apple’s glasses are anything like Google Glass they may suffer from battery life which is an issue they have to solve.
Apple AR Glasses Release Date
In the video below we talk about some of the issues that Apple could face in terms of software and hardware and also the release date.
Apple will definitely tackle the issues that Google Glass faced head on.
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