April 22, 2018

Apple AR Glasses By 2020

10 November 2017, 10:12 | Lucia Cruz

Apple to Ramp Up Work on Augmented Reality Headset

Apple will invent Google Glass by 2020

The same team that developed Apple's ARKit for software developers is working on the headset.

According to the report, the new operating system retains the conventions of iOS nomenclature and is called rOS (reality Operating System).

Apple is betting big on Augmented Reality (AR) and has already made giant strides with a chipset-level integration of the technology with A11 Bionic processor.

According to Bloomberg, Apple aims to have the augmented-reality headset ready by 2019 and to ship the product as early as 2020. So, unlike Microsoft's HoloLens, which runs on a Windows Mixed Reality platform under the Windows 10, Apple AR headset should have an OS of its own, which should bring better optimization and make app development easier and faster. "The display technology required, as well as putting enough stuff around your face - there's huge challenges with that".

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Sources familiar with the plan told Bloomberg that the AR system, unlike current headsets, would not need an accompanying smartphone to function.

However, the company has also for some time worked on specialized glass for AR glasses and headsets, telling prospective customers in a data sheet: "For "see-through" consumer electronic applications, Corning's solutions deliver outstanding field of view, image quality and definition (sharpness, contrast and low chromatic aberrations)".

For internal testing purposes, Apple is said to be using HTC Vive headsets and Google Gear VR headsets that use an iPhone display and other hardware.

For now, Apple is still finalising how users will control the device and launch apps. The company says that the AR will change the way we use technology forever in the near future. The small surface area also saves battery life, which will be crucial to run intensive graphics from the headset.

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