Apple has always surprised us with its innovative and premium products. It is ramping up to a revolution, transforming and simplifying the way we live. Apple lovers gear up for the big announcement. It’s none other than the much-awaited Apple’s new smart glasses. However, we’re not expecting to see Apple’s new smart Glasses before 2022, at the earliest.
Apple has been exploring virtual reality and augmented reality technologies for more than 10 years now based on patent filings. But with virtual and augmented reality exploding in popularity with the launch of ARKit, Apple’s dabbling is growing more serious. And could lead to an actual dedicated AR/VR product in the not too distant future. To add on, a new patent application describes how you could control Apple glasses with your eyes.
However, it’s not the first time Apple has discussed using eyes as an input mechanism. An earlier patent application described how tracking the direction in which you are looking could be used to create video augmented reality experiences. This one is broader, however, with eye control playing a much greater role!
Here’s everything you need to know about Apple’s new smart glasses
There is no official news about the price yet. The only rumor on that subject so far claims $499 (roughly £410 / AU$765) excluding the prescription charges.
The current Apple glass prototype looks like an “un-intimidating” pair of plastic glasses, while marketing materials suggest a Clark Kent-esque design.
It has a LiDAR scanner on the right temple, but no cameras for privacy reasons. However, this may change. Also, the glasses come with a plastic stand with wireless chargers.
Though the glasses won’t be as lightweight as your Ray-Ban aviators, they could be light enough to function as everyday glasses.
Apple has allegedly seen some notable progress recently with its AR headset and Apple glasses efforts. A new report from The Information says that the company’s semitransparent lenses, one of the most important components of the upcoming wearable devices have passed the prototyping stage and moved into trial production. Additionally, the report includes new details on the thickness of the lenses, integrated technology, and more.
That being said, as per the past report from Bloomberg and the present one from The Information, the lenses are “at least one to two years away from mass production, and the same is likely true of the AR product they ultimately end up in.”
Bloomberg report suggests the Apple’s new smart glasses will bring information from your phone to your face. Specifically, the eyewear will synchronize with a wearer’s iPhone to display things such as
- Maps, and
- Games over the user’s field of vision
Apple glass is will be running on Starboard (or perhaps glassOS,) a proprietary operating system uncovered in the final version of iOS 13
Apple also has plans for third-party apps and is considering a dedicated app store. A new patent shows how Apple’s new smart glasses could beat Google Street view by enabling users to view anywhere in the word as if you were there and teleport from one location to another. Also, the Apple glass could provide audio direction without spoken navigation, according to an interesting new Apple patent.
Another Apple patent reveals that the Apple glass may be able to let you change backgrounds on the fly, just like Zoom. Furthermore, a patent granted to Apple has further fueled the rumor that Apple glass won’t need prescription lenses as the smartglasses will automatically adjust for people with poor eyesight using an “optical sub-assembly”. However, this patent could be for a standalone smartphone-powered VR headset or a second-generation pair of Apple smart glasses. Apple has a similar feature in the Apple Maps app now called Look Around, but this would be much more immersive on Apple glass.
Fingers crossed for the launch date…
Apple’s new smart glasses or whatever it may be called is a result of years of research, acquisitions, hires, and behind-the-scenes drama. Though it may not arrive anytime soon now, it has sure created a wave of curiosity and excitement in the hearts of all apple followers.
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