Apple is planning to release its first Augmented Reality headset in 2022 followed by a pair of AG glasses on 2023, according to a new report from The Information, the news came directly from Apple’s headquarters in California. The Information had reported details of the AR headset to be released which supposedly the device resembles much of a slimmer version of Oculus Quest, a virtual reality set that was released in May. It has both AR and VR capabilities and it uses external and external cameras to map the user’s surroundings and uses high definition display to blend virtual objects into the real world.
Once Apple has built the large headset they plan to release a smaller and more applicable AG glasses on 2023. Unlike the large headset, these glasses could be worn for a much longer period of time. The information reported “current prototypes look like high-priced sunglasses with thick frames that house the battery and chips,” Apple has also explored various lenses that darken whilst in operation, signaling to observers that the user is currently occupied onto the device.
Bloomberg further offered verification of the information’s report, nothing that apple had recently decided to delay the release of the initial headset from 2020 to later the launch frame time. According to Bloomberg’s report by Mark Gurman, the combination of the VR and AR will mostly “focus on gaming, watching videos and virtual meetings,”
Both of these devices will make use of a “3D sensor system” which is a much-advanced version of the Face ID camera that is found in the iPad Pro and iPhones today. This 3D sensor system will reportedly be included in a new iPad Pro to be due next year, which is also one of the predictions by Apple Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo before making its way into 2020 iPhones.
CEO of Apple, Tim Cook mentioned in 2017 to the Independent that he regards Augmented Reality as “a big idea, like the smartphone” saying “The smartphone is for everyone, we don’t have to think the iPhone is about a certain demographic, or country or vertical market: it’s for everyone. I think AR is that big, it’s huge.” The Apple AR glasses seem to fulfill this very promise as The Information reported that the senior managers said that they believed the device could supplant the iPhone in about a decade.