Apple has been working on an AR headset of some kind for several years, but the project has been a well-kept secret, besides a tidbit that was spotted in an iOS update that was released towards the end of 2019.
Many of the most interesting details related to the device have remained a mystery, including its name, price, available features, or launch date. However, the situation has changed as a reliable source published a new in-depth report which explores the upcoming product and its interesting features.
Development and refinement
The source argues that they have observed a video that showcases an Apple Glass prototype a few months ago. It appears that the device has been designed to look like a pair of plastic glasses. However, this may not be the final, as plastic could be swapped with metal. Apple is also interested in a sunglasses version, but it appears that the displays don’t work well when paired with tinded lenses.
Feature-wise, the device will include a LiDAR sensor located on the right side, which can be used to recognize gestures and scan QR codes.
The waiting game
The lack of a camera was noted by the source, but it is argued that the LiDAR sensor should provide object recognition via computer vision, tracing a room, and all the objects present within it in real-time. Data collected with the help of the LiDAR sensor present on the iPad Pro could be harnessed to improve Apple Glass.
It was also mentioned that Apple Glass should have been announced at one of the events held by the company during the last quarter of 2020, but the COVID-19 pandemic has derailed the plans, and it is likely that the announcement will come in 2021.
As the case of all leaks, it is important to take it with a grain of salt. Only time will tell how the Apple Glass will look and work.
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