The Apple Glasses have not yet seen the light of day that the rumors about them are hitting the bull’s eye. Apple is planning a later release, which could materialize in 2023, after that of the AR / VR headset.
Apple has always been known for its iPhones and iPads. But the brand also invests in various technological products. Lately, there have been rumors about the imminent arrival of two new products, including glasses Apple Glasses and the AR/VR headset. According to rumors, the AR/VR headset will probably see the light of day long before the smart glasses. The other product arouses moreinterest of the general public. Indeed, it is an accessory that we will wear every day. In this file, we will discover the characteristic details that Apple plans for its smart glasses. We will, by the way, take a look at the release calendar.
Rumors about new mixed reality products
Belong to GAFAM is no coincidence for Apple. Like the other giants of Silicon Valley, the brand aims to maintain its dominant position in the high-tech sector. Currently, Meta’s VR headset, the Meta Quest, is on the rise; the same is true of HTC Vive.
As a result, one can only think of Apple’s desire to compete with competitors, as she has always done before. It is undoubtedly for this reason that the brand has planned to release its own helmet, this time based on the mixed reality. But that still remains uncertain as there is no release date scheduled yet.
The rivalry between the computer giants also goes beyond VR headsets. Other hallway noises reported the existence of a new race, the smart glasses race. The latest news is that Meta is next to Amazon in this new quest, as Apple Glasses have yet to appear.
For now, many are predicting that Apple will officially announce its glasses in the spring of 2023.
Apple Glasses: origins in an acquisition
Before discussing the characteristic features of Apple Glasses, it is worth knowing where the idea came from. In recent years, Apple has bet a lot on mixed reality. The firm has thus acquired different companies in order to develop its projects in this sector. In 2018, a startup calledAkonia Holographics gave the key to Apple, after acquiring it.
The company worked in the manufacture of lenses for augmented reality glasses. It was also known for producing the thinnest and lightest screens on the market using a technology called HoloMirror. After the acquisition, Apple picked up the slack by producing high-performance, clear and full-color displays.
It is also from this technology that the brand was able to start its new project on smart glasses. Akonia Holographics designed the technology that will be used for future Apple Glasses. Currently, hundreds of people are focused on the project that will allow iPhone users to make their daily life easier.
Apple Glasses design
Contrary to what one might think of smart glasses, Apple Glasses will have the shape of standard glasses, without a fancy design. The most recent prototype confirmed this although the marketing team suggested a Clark Kent design. It should however be emphasized the LiDAR scanner which is located on the right temple.
However, the design is confusing because the information differs depending on its source. According to Leak Jon Prosser, Apple glasses will look more like Ray-Ban Wayfarers or Tim Cook. On the other hand, Bloomberg claims that the prototype is more like a higher range of sunglasses with thick frames to accommodate the battery and the chips.
As for its variety, the team did not plan tinted Apple Glasses, while tinted lenses can protect us from the sun. In this way, if we cannot wear our connected glasses outside, we are therefore forced to keep our sunglasses. Considering the reality, Apple may go back on its words, but nothing is certain until Apple glasses embrace the market.
Delivered with a plastic holder, these smart glasses are recharged via a charging case wireless. They are, however, designed to be used as an iPhone accessory. Thus, it is believed that this design may undergo changes before its final release.
What Apple has planned for its glasses
Being smart glasses, the Apple Glasses will have the function of displaying the information of your iPhone directly before your eyes. They go like this sync with iPhone to be able to carry out these various tasks such as displaying e-mails and text messages, opening iOS AR apps and many others. Apple is also considering opening a dedicated app store so their users can run third-party apps.
In fact, Apple has filed numerous patents directly related to the production of Apple Glasses. The brand has, for example, obtained a patent according to which Apple Glasses would have a capacity ofautomatic adjustment. Because of this, people with vision problems will not need prescription lenses.
Through another patent, Apple Glasses could also transmit images directly to the user’s eyes. This eliminates the option of the transparent display as well as the various discomforts caused by AR / VR like nausea and migraines.
There’s also another Apple Glasses patent that says the smart glasses would bring Apple Maps to your eyes via their lenses. It works in a similar way to Google Street View but in zoomed version.
Among other patents, we can mention the night viewchanging the background or tracking the movements of its user’s fingers and hands.
What can we say about the technical specifications?
Until now, the details regarding the technical specifications of the Apple Glasses are only speculation. One can, for example, speculate that field of view and resolution imitate those from Microsoft Hololens 2. Note that the latter has a field of view of 52°, with a resolution of 47 ppi.
As for its connectivity, we expect Wireless, thereby discarding the Bluetooth connection. This will allow them to capture 3D images and then send them back at a very high speed.
But since it is a device connected all day long, it will also require a more robust battery. We thus hope for a more durable battery, which can last a minimum of three hours. Anyway, the charging case is a plus not to be overlooked. The latter offers additional autonomy to Apple Glasses.
What we expect most from Apple Glasses
There are many rumors about Apple Glasses. But what is the public really waiting for? Do the rumors coincide with consumer expectations?
First of all, we expect glasses with a design which is not too far from theordinary. Being glasses intended for the general public, they must have a standard shape, without too much bling or decorations typical of geeks. In addition, customers would like to integrate the full 3D technology which is the source of the power of augmented reality. Which will be used to run any iOS AR app with these glasses.
Moreover, as a user, we hope to have connected glasses that can last up to 8 hours without being recharged. First of all, the Apple glasses make it possible to avoid having to take out the iPhone each time a notification arrives. But in a second time, they are used to run 3D AR applications or 2D applications. Therefore, its battery must be able to withstand a whole day without recharging.
Since Apple plans to release its AR/VR headset first, the release of its smart glasses is therefore not anytime soon. According to rumors, we hope to see Apple’s AR/VR headset around the end of 2022. Thus, we can expect to see the first Apple Glasses on the market in 2023.
However, this information is from a few years ago. And over time, things can change. Therefore, there might be some changes regarding the release date of Apple Glasses. Which leads us to believe that the AR/VR headset may make their release during the Apple event on March 8, 2023. Such a change certainly pushes the likely release of the smart glasses to a later date.
As for the price, the Apple glasses could be sold at a price around the €500. At this price, we can say that they are rather accessible, given the AR technology with which they were made. Remember that Microsoft’s Hololens 2 costs €5,489, while the Oculus Rift sold for €700 and the HTC Vive for €900.