Apple is developing its first-ever AR headset and will release in 2022, followed by a pair of AR glasses – in 2023, a new report published from The Information. There are lots of rumors about Apple’s entry into the world of AR, as the AR (Augmented Reality) and VR (Virtual Reality)are the upcoming big platforms after smartphones. A specific announce date is not clear yet but some industry experts suggesting a 2020 launch.
The Information’s statement provides some new detail about Apple’s augmented reality codenamed (N301) headsets. The product is apparently similar to a more compact edition of the Oculus Quest, a VR (Virtual Reality) headset released in May. It is capable of AR and VR that uses the external cameras to map the user’s environment such as facial lines, furniture, and rooms.
It includes a high-resolution display to exhibit details and combine virtual objects with the real world. Staff had been informed that the company will contact developers and designers to develop an ideal and user-friendly software for the headset from 2021.
Soon after Apple successfully developed the headset it has the next plan to produce a compact set of AR glasses. As compared to the headset, AR glasses will likely be designed to hold for longer durations.
The Information reported that the “current prototypes look like high-priced sunglasses with thick frames that house the battery and chips,” as noticed by a person who has experienced the prototypes. Apple has additionally discovered lenses that darken when functioning, to experts that the user is otherwise occupied.
According to a previous statement of Apple CEO Mr. Cook “a big idea, like the smartphone,” published The Independent in 2017: “The smartphone is for everyone, we don’t have to think the iPhone is about a certain demographic, or country or vertical market: it’s for everyone. I think AR is that big, it’s huge.”
The AR glasses designed by Apple seems to fulfill the promise, The Information revealing that senior managers have stated they believe the product could usurp the Apple iPhone for many years.
As the mobile industry grows, Apple and other technology companies are planning VR and AR as the next big technology platforms. Apple has been gathering information and resources in this field for years, dedicating more employees for this project and buying technologies from small companies. Competitors like Microsoft, Google and Facebook are also spending heavily in this field through projects like Oculus and HoloLens.
However, VR and AR have proven hard for development, with heavy products and unsatisfactory user experiences stopping the growth. Just a month ago, Google successfully completed its Daydream experiment that used mobile to run VR headsets accusing deficiencies in developer hiring and minimizing usage from customers. In this situation indicates smart and intelligent for Apple to bide its time instead of a rush to advertise.
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