Rumors surrounding Apples AR glasses have been circulating throughout the tech world for years despite such speculations spanning over a period that feel like lifetime it seems that we might be finally on the cusp of Apple’s next big product release. A recent leak has revealed the most in-depth look to date at Apple’s potential wearable AR device. Although the majority of leaks should be taken with 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 will be known simply as Apple Glass which a rather fitting title is given the Apple watch. However this name is incredibly reminiscent of Google’s attempt at a similar device. Apple glass is said to be the final name for the glasses, however I wouldn’t put it past Apple to change the label last-minute eye gloves would be especially in line with the brand and might make more sense when we look at how glasses will operate. Design wise Apple glass which is what we label them for the time being is expected to be a sleek and stylish as any other offering from tech giant leet prototypes look very much like 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 premiums such as aluminum or some sort of composite as we near close toward production. It’s also a possibility that Apple will offer multiple frame material 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 was it atop the tight hand side of the glasses for those of you who are not familiar 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 product gives us a great look as to what we can expect to find inside the first gen of Apple glasses. Advanced lidar technology will make using Apple glass are a breeze with no need to scan your environment before placing objects measuring or virtually visualizing making for seamless interaction between the wearer and surroundings. Lidar will also take care of things like reading hand gestures and translating QR codes into 3D images. On the latest iPad fro the lidar scanner and pair of cameras work hand-in-hand; however Apple glass is not expected to house any camera or photographic features. The general thinking behind this is that people will take negatively face-to-face with someone wearing a face mounted camera that may or mayn’t be recording. This is something that I can certainly relate to however I can’t help but imagine how cool it would be an eye level camera that can record what you see whenever you please. 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 only speculation so only time will tell.
Charging and the batteries of 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 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 are not expected to have any built-in speakers or headphones. Apple’s recent developments where there must have air pod pros suggests that they’re converted wireless in air headphones will instead be pushed as a part of experience. This might seem as if Apple is doing all they can to snag an extra product sale however including any kind of built-in headphone will most definitely ruin the everyday wearable design not to mention add unnecessary weight to the product.
Now getting to the important bits 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 are expected to see some sort of short-range Wi-Fi capability to be built into the iPhone 12 and future iPhones thereafter. Older devices will like be supported as well but are predicted to offer limited capabilities or reduced performance. As technology improves over the time we may eventually see all processing take place independently within the classes but this will probably take few versions as it did with Apple watch. Despite a few people being hands-on with the Apple glass prototypes there is little known about the glasses user interface what we do know is that starboard is supposedly to be the interfaces name which is not all that different from iOS is springboard UI. What most is 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 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 viewers.
Now I am 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 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 traction as a popular mainstream purchase. Apples had very little to say about Apple glass as a whole speculation surrounding its released date is to be expected. We may see at Q4 of 2021 or even it can be stretched to 2022.