Jon Prosser, one of the most reliable leakers when it comes to future Apple products, has released a new video with various information on Apple Glass that could launch in 2021.
Apple Glass should have normal sunglasses design or prescription glasses since one of the main problems of the current VR or AR viewers is precisely the aesthetics. Nobody would ever dream of leaving home with bulky and ridiculous Glasses.
The features will mainly be linked to the vision of augmented reality content, with the data processing that will be managed by the iPhone connected wirelessly, a bit like it already happens today with Apple Watch.
These Apple Glass are expected to cost $499, but the price may increase for versions with prescription lenses. Prosser claims to have seen a first plastic prototype, but the final version will most likely be metal.
As for some of the features, these Apple Glass should integrate a LiDAR sensor on the right side and there should be no other cameras. Also, a holder will be included in the package to recharge the glasses wirelessly.
The user interface is called “Starboard”. The information is displayed on both lenses and the user interface can be controlled by gesture. Prosser also believes that these devices can scan proprietary QR codes. It is not clear whether the QR codes in question are those identified in the internal build of iOS 14.
Besides, Prosser believes that Apple is planning the announcement of the Apple Glass in the “one more thing” style, perhaps at the end of a keynote dedicated only apparently to other news. The initial release date was scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2020, but the delays caused by COVID-19 have forced Apple to delay it until the first quarter of 2021. As with the first Apple Watch, the device is likely to be launched months later.
Unlike technologies such as Google Glass, which simply offered a basic interface inside the viewer, Apple’s smart glasses are thought to incorporate augmented reality, providing graphic elements such as superimposition of the real-world vision. In theory, this technology would provide users with information on physical objects and points of interest.