Apple's AR Glasses Could Launch by 2022 as Suppliers Reportedly Ramp Up Development

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Apple's rumored augmented reality glasses are under development and could launch by 2022, according to industry sources cited by DigiTimes. The full report has yet to be released, but a paywalled preview reads as follows:
Apple AR glasses under development
Taiwan-based optical component suppliers are engaged in the development of Apple's augmented reality smart glasses, which may be commercialized by 2022, according to industry sources.
This follows a report from The Information in November that claimed Apple is developing two head-worn products, including a combination AR/VR headset for release in 2022 and "full-fledged" AR glasses for release by 2023. Those plans were corroborated by Bloomberg's Mark Gurman, who said the headset could be released as early as 2021.

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The Information claimed that Apple's initial headset will resemble Facebook's Oculus Quest, but with a "sleeker design" that makes "heavy use of fabrics and lightweight materials to ensure the device is comfortable to wear for extended periods of time." The headset is expected to have a "high-resolution display" that will "allow users to read small type and see other people standing in front of and behind virtual objects."

The report claimed that Apple is planning to reach out to third-party developers as early as 2021 to encourage them to build apps for the hardware.

The headset would be followed up by Apple's rumored AR glasses that would be designed to "be worn all day." The Information previously reported that some prototypes "looked like high-priced sunglasses with thick frames that house the battery and chips," but the final design could change. Bloomberg's Mark Gurman said the glasses will be "lightweight."

Early reports had pegged a 2020 release for Apple's headset, but the company reportedly pushed back the project. Given the current pandemic, the timeframe may continue to shift, but Apple's interest in augmented reality hardware is clear.

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fbr$

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Could something like this in the future be used to replace glasses for myopia etc?
 
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citysnaps

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It's been coming. The new iPad with LIDAR camera is just the beginning. There are loads of use applications/situations for the technology.

AR glasses will be used where a tablet or phone doesn't make sense. AR-enabled surgery is just one area where the technology is being used today. There are many more possibilities out there.
 

nylonsteel

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smart glasses have so much potential in the future - dont get me started...
on the other hand vr goggles are a novelty and look silly
 

mi7chy

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Spurt of 2022 leaks to prop up the stock.

AR is potentially more practical while most don't care about putting a bulky jock strap on their head for VR.
 

Justanotherfanboy

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Glassholes part deux. :p
Can’t be a glasshole if surreptitious photos & recording are impossible...
I HIGHLY doubt Apple will go the Google route in that regard.
Years & years after smart watches have been out now- I can find an Android one for $20 w/ a camera. Apple’s latest & most expensive still eschews that creepy “add on”.
 

anthogag

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One test for the glasses is does it make the user look handicapped or future-cool.

AR glasses like Geordi La Forge from Star Trek Next Generation looks more cool than handicapped. When you put some kind of modification on regular glasses it looks handicapped.
 
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subjonas

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AR glasses will be huge if they can get it to look and feel right, with decent battery life, AND if they can pull it off without a camera. Socially I don’t think a normal camera would be tolerated. LIDAR should be ok.
 
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rjohnstone

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Can’t be a glasshole if surreptitious photos & recording are impossible...
I HIGHLY doubt Apple will go the Google route in that regard.
Years & years after smart watches have been out now- I can find an Android one for $20 w/ a camera. Apple’s latest & most expensive still eschews that creepy “add on”.
AR requires a forward facing camera to function. So people will see that.
What functions it will perform beyond scanning is unknown.
 

anthogag

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It might be cool to see the world through the AR glasses using all the different filters we have for the phone camera.

Maybe also to somehow incorporate the different Clips scenes; a bit like Star Trek holodeck.

The Watch has health features. Will the glasses have health features? Would it have an infrared sensor to see heat levels for people in view? Maybe see symptoms from a virus in someone else.
 
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recoil80

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Smart move from apple
If it includes LIDAR on iPhone and iPad, in 2022 there gonna be already some application available for the glasses
That’s the plan. You need to have apps available on day one if you want to sell a product like this.
I think the real problem to solve is battery life, you don’t wants to charge your glasses in the middle of the day and you can’t have a big battery as glasses need to be as light as possible.
 

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The Apple AR wearable device is a flaw without any onboard processor like SoC or SIP.
 
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