Apple's rumored augmented reality headset may be ready sooner rather than later according to a top analyst. In a note from Ming-Chi Kuo, who has a knack fir correctly predicting Apple's forthcoming hardware, the analysts says the tech giant could have its smart glasses ready by the first half of 2020. Kuo's note, which was translated from Chinese to English and published first by 9to5Mac, also forecasts that Apple will be partnering with'third-party brands' to design the headset. Apple has increasingly moved into augmented reality technology. In 2017, it launched AR Kit, an augmented reality platform for developers to create apps and other software using the tech.
With rumors swirling that Apple will release an augmented reality (AR) headset in the future, Apple chief Tim Cook has given some new comments about how important the technology is to Apple's future products. Of course, Cook didn't offer any clues about future Apple AR products, but he offered a peek at how the technology could benefit conversations with colleagues. "Well, I can't talk about anything that may or may not be in the pipeline. But in terms of AR, the promise of AR is that you and I are having a great conversation right now," Cook told Kara Swisher on her Sway podcast. "Arguably, it could even be better if we were able to augment our discussion with charts or other things to appear. And your audience would also benefit from this, too, I think. "And so when I think about that in different fields, whether it's health, whether it's education, whether it's gaming, whether it's retail, I'm already seeing AR take off in some of these areas with use of the phone.
Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak and Oculus co-founder Palmer Luckey looooovvvve virtual reality, they told Re/code Executive Editor Kara Swisher today at Silicon Valley Comic Con -- but it's going to stay in the home and office for now. VR's sister technology, augmented reality, faces the greater challenge of dealing with the uncontrolled environment of the outside world. Luckey said AR "is currently far behind virtual reality technology." But he did say AR would succeed eventually, even though early heads-up display devices such as Google Glass didn't make the grade. "I see us on the leading edge of that," Luckey said of the long-term merger of virtual reality and augmented reality technology.
Apple is reportedly teaming up with the game developer, Valve, to design its first-ever augmented and virtual reality headset. According to a report from DigiTimes, the device could be released in the second half of 2020 and will be head-mounted. DigiTimes also reports that Apple will work with the Taiwan-based manufacturers Quanta Computer and Pegatron. While DigiTimes' report didn't illuminate any hardware details or specs, a recent round of reports suggests the device will come equipped with several essential tools. Apple has long been rumored to be developing its own pair of AR glasses.
Apple is working on a pair of augmented reality (AR) glasses that support 5G networks, according to a technology analyst familiar with the tech giant. The AR glasses, simply called'Apple Glasses', are not sunglasses but normal prescription glasses that display an interface on the inside of the lens. Anyone facing an Apple Glasses-wearing user will not be able to see the AR display, which will overlay digital images over the user's real-life surroundings. Leaker and technology analyst Jon Prosser said he saw two prototypes of the Apple Glasses at the company's premises – one white and one black. Both models, which are described as'clean' and'slick' in appearance, will be 5G-compatible, he said.