05 February 2021
Apple's AR glasses have been part of the rumor mill for a number of years. Most recently, we heard that they would get launched sometime in 2022 and now, a new leak has surfaced detailing release timeline as well as much more. The leak has been shared by YouTuber Jon Prosser who has an impressive track record at leaking Apple products.
In his latest YouTube video, Prosser mentions that Apple's AR glasses will simply be known as Apple Glass. These are said to cost $499 but if bought with prescription lenses, an additional cost will be included. There is no doubt that it is significantly cheaper pricing considering many were expecting a price tag around or above $1,000 like other options in the market.
One of the major reasons for lower than expected pricing is that Apple Glass is said to rely on the paired iPhone for processing stuff. This is similar to how first-generation Apple Watched worked. Apple is further said to have been eying for Q4 2020 announcement alongside the iPhone 12 series launch as "One More Thing".
Prosser says Apple wants media people to be present at the venue when it will announce Apple Glass but considering the global COVID-19 pandemic, it is not sure whether that will actually be possible to do. If there is a delay, then it would look to announce Apple Glass in Q1 2021 but as far actual launch is expected, it will not happen before Q4 2021.
Lastly, Prosser claims to have seen an Apple Glass prototype that was made up of plastic but he expects the final product to arrive with a different material like metal. The final design is also expected to differ from what he saw but he is pretty confident that they would look like normal glasses and nothing like those fancy concept renders inspired by sci-fi movies. Both glasses will show content but they will be visible only to the person wearing them. There will be support for gestures for interaction purposes. He mentions the presence of a LiDAR sensor on the right side as well as support for wireless charging.