Apples next big product ‘Apple glasses’, rumors surrounding apples AR glasses have been circulating throughout the tech world for years. Despite such speculations spanning over a period that feels like a lifetime. It seems that we might be finally on the edge of Apple’s next big product release. A recent leak has revealed the most in-depth information about Apple’s potential wearable AR device.
Although the majority of leaks should be taken with a pinch of salt, in current types these have come from a highly respected and credible source. So here’s what we know so far Apple’s AR glasses. They will be known simply as Apple glasses, which is a rather fitting title given the Apple watch. However this name is incredibly reminiscent of Google glass, which was Google’s attempt at a similar device.
Apple glass is said to be the final name for the glasse, when we look at how the glasses will operate but we’ll get to that later in this post. Design wise Apple glass which is what we will label them for the time being is expected to be a sleek and stylish as any other offering from the tech giant. Leek prototypes look very much like a traditional pair of glasses, friendly and approachable as opposed to overly futuristic in an attempt to really appeal to the masses prototypes are being manufactured in black and white plastic.
Although this material is likely to be swapped out for something more premium such as aluminium or some sort of composite as we approach closer towards production. It’s also a possibility that Apple will offer multiple frame materials for buyers to choose from similar to what is offered with the Apple watch in the form of different straps. All of the house tech will fit seamlessly into the frames of Apple glass with the most notable being the lidar sensor. Which is at the top of the right-hand side of the glasses, for those of you who are not familiar with lidar.
At the most basic level it’s a system that can 3d map an environment by calculating the distance between different points. The lidar found inside of Apple’s latest products gives us a great look as to what we can expect to find inside the first gen of Apple glass. Advanced lidar technology will make using Apple glass a smooth breeze, with no need to scan your environment before placing objects, measuring or virtually visualizing making for seamless interactions between the wearer and their surroundings. Lidar will also take care of things like reading, hand gestures and translating QR codes into dimensional images on the latest iPad.
However Apple glass is not expected to house any camera or photographic features. The general thinking behind this is that people will take this negatively, as talking face-to-face with someone wearing a face mounted camera that may or may not be recording implies privacy issues. This is something that I can certainly relate to, However I can’t help but imagine how cool it would be to have an eye level camera that can record what you see, whenever you want.
Some are saying that cameras might start to make their way onto the Apple glass as they become more popular and widely accepted, but this is strictly speculation. So only time will tell the actual reality of Apple Glasses. Charging and the batteries of the Apple glass is said to happen through the use of a designated charging stand or through the use of a wireless charging case, both would be a suitable companion to the glasses and seeing as the first models are expected to have a good battery life.
On the shorter side having a convenient charging dock or carry case would be a much welcomed. Addition in regards to audio, Apple glass is not expected to have any built-in speakers or headphones. Apple’s recent developments suggest, they will come with air pods. However including any kind of built-in headphone will most definitely ruin the everyday wearable design. Not to mention, adding unnecessary weight to the product is now getting important, but you might be wondering how the glasses are actually going to function.
The majority of data processing is set to take place on a puppet iPhone, which will not only reduce the physical footprint of the glasses but will also significantly reduce their cost overall to facilitate this. We’re expected to see some sort of short-range Wi-Fi capability to be built into the iPhone 13 and future iPhones, thereafter older devices will likely be supported as well but are predicted to offer limited capabilities or reduced performance as technology improves over time. We may eventually see all processing take place independently within the classes but this will probably take a few versions as it did with the Apple watch.
Despite a few people being hands-on with the Apple glass prototypes, there is very little known about the glasses user interface. what we do know is that starboard is supposedly going to be the interfaces name, which is not all that different from iOS is springboard UI. What most are expecting to see is a slimmed down version of the basic iOS that we are all familiar with, again somewhat reminiscent of what we can see on Apple watch, but with physical interactions being replaced with hand gestures and voice command. A massive feature that is incredibly exciting is that Apple glass is expected to be released with embedded displays in each lens, as opposed to projected ones that were seen in Google glass.
The result of this should amount to far crisper visuals and a more immersive experience overall. The display is also said to only be visible to the wearer and will be completely invisible to any outside viewer. Now I’m sure that you’re all wondering how much a pair of these AR glasses are going to cost, so let me put you out of your misery and tell you that it’s probably a lot less than you might think. The first gen Apple glass is set to retail at a rather reasonable price of just 499 dollars excluding the price of optional prescription lenses.
This is still a premium for a device that relies heavily upon another much more expensive device but it’s still low enough to be widely adopted and to gain attraction as a popular mainstream purchase. Apple has had very little to say about Apple glass as a whole so speculation surrounding its release date is to be expected. While we may finally be given an official announcement by Apple introducing Apple glass as early as this year. it’s highly likely that we won’t see them available to purchase until q4 2022 at the earliest and may even stretch into 2023.