It's no secret that Apple's CEO Tim Cook is a big fan of augmented reality, as has touted its potential to change people's lives just as the smartphone did. Now, sources have revealed to Bloomberg that the tech giant plans to bring the technology to the masses - and it is the iPhone that will make it happen. It claims the first fruits could be'Matrix style' 3D photographs that users can move around - and eventually view through AR smartglasses. It is not a secret that Apple's CEO Tim Cook (pictured) is a big fan of augmented reality, and sources have revealed to Bloomberg that the tech giant plans to bring the technology to the masses - and it is the iPhone that will make it happen A rumor regarding the iPhone 8 suggests it will have a front-facing camera and infrared module that senses 3D space. The sensors in the phone are said to detect the location and depth of objects around it.
Secretive startup Magic Leap will release its highly anticipated'light-field' smart glasses later this year, according to a new report. The augmented reality (AR) eyewear will add information and graphics on top of objects in the real world. The glasses, backed by $542 million (£435 million) in funding led by Google, are said to compete with Microsoft's HoloLens glasses and cost around $1,000 (£800). Secretive startup Magic Leap will release its highly anticipated light-field smart glasses later this year, a new report has found. Pictured is a still from a 2016 video demo of the technology, in which the glasses projected notifications and applications at eye level to give'mixed reality' The FT report also claimed that Apple has been working on its own AR glasses technology, but that release is at least a year a way.
Apple is looking to ramp up its maps team with the addition of several dozen new experts. More than 70 job listings for positions relating to the company's maps team have gone live in the last month. These positions are calling for skills like'geospatial information services,' 'navigational aids' and'fleet management.' More than 70 job listings for positions relating to the company's maps team have gone live in the last month. These positions are calling for skills like'geospatial information services,' 'navigational aids' and'fleet management' Augmented reality is the blending of computer-generated images with a user's real world - providing a mix of virtual reality and the real world.
Apple's augmented reality glasses could be on shelves by 2020, it has been claimed. According to Bloomberg's Mark Gurman, Apple'aims to have technology ready for an augmented-reality headset in 2019 and could ship a product as early as 2020.' The Apple AR glasses patent details a head-mounted, touch-screen display that could work alongside an iPhone. He says Apple's device will have its own display and run on a new chip and operating system, 'according to people familiar with the situation'. It is believed the software will be a'fork' of the iOS software on iPhones and iPads - similar to the version created for the Apple Watch.