Apple AR Ambitions Unveiled
Apple executives unveiled its augmented reality (AR) roadmap during an internal October meeting, with the company aiming to release an AR headset in 2022 and AR glasses by 2023.
According to The Information, who received the scoop, Apple vice-president Mike Rockwell, who also leads the Apple AR and VR teams, unveiled details and specifics around the design and feature sets of the rumoured devices during the meeting.
As it stands, Apple plans to release its first AR headset – codenamed N301 – sometime in 2022, followed by a pair of smaller AR glasses in 2023.
Details uncovered states that the devices will supposedly resemble a slimmer version of the Oculus Quest, will have both AR and VR capabilities, will use external cameras for mapping, and will come with a high-resolution display to show information and virtual objects in tandem with the real world.
As for the VR glasses, they will apparently be designed to be worn for longer periods of time. According to The Information, the current “prototypes look like high-priced sunglasses with thick frames that house the battery and chips”.
Reports also claim that both devices will make use of a 3D sensor system, which will act as a more advanced version of the Face ID camera.
As usual, we will take these rumours with a grain of salt until confirmation is made. Stay tuned for more as they come.