10 December 2019
Apple will launch its AR Glasses next year if a new report from Bloomberg is to be believed. It’s evident that the speedier and better 5G will give rise to some great innovations and AR is one such area that is believed to flourish next year. Apple is reportedly targeting 2020 to launch its first AR glasses, which are expected to have holographic displays in their lenses.
Bloomberg describes the headset as glasses “to display things such as texts, emails, maps, and games over the user’s field of vision.” Also, Apple has reportedly considered adding an App Store with the headset as it does on Apple TV streaming devices and the Apple Watch as well. The report also states Apple is “hiring experts in graphics and game development to establish the glasses as the leader in a new product category.”
AR Glasses wouldn’t solely be the only product under AR from Apple as according to report, Apple has been working on AR things for a long time now and 2020 should be the year to present some of its works.
Aside from the usual upgrades, the 2020 iPhones are expected to include some key features, with one mainly being the 5G support. The iPhone will also reportedly have a 3D camera on its rear module for carrying out some AR experiences. This 3D camera may give the phone a better sense of where it is in physical space, thus also improving the accuracy of object placement in augmented-reality apps.
Bloomberg hasn’t revealed any specific month or even quarter for the launch of the AR Glasses in 2020 but we, at least, have a tentative year to keep our eyes on. Note that Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo previously posited the same year and even roughly predicted the timeframe of the launch which is mid-2020. Bloomberg, however, also notes that Apple’s AR headset release may get rescheduled if executives decide it is not fully ready.
If 2020 is the year of AR and related things then we may not see Apple coming alone. Going by several reports and speculations, Amazon and Facebook are also working on their version of smart glasses.