New AR Sensor Coming to 2020 iPad Pro and iPhone Models, AR/VR Headset as Soon as 2021

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Following a report from The Information this morning summarizing a recent internal Apple meeting that pegged the release of Apple's augmented reality headsets for the 2022-23 timeframe rather than the more aggressive 2020 window that has previously been rumored, Bloomberg's Mark Gurman has shared additional information on the company's AR roadmap that will initially focus on the iPad and iPhone before the glasses come to fruition.

"Apple Glasses" concept

Gurman says Apple is working on "a range of augmented and virtual-reality devices" based around a new 3D sensor system, which will arrive first on a new iPad Pro slated for release in the first half of next year, and followed by the 2020 iPhones later in the year.
A new iPad Pro for release as early as the first half of 2020 will feature a new module with two camera sensors, up from one on the current model, and a small hole for the 3-D system, letting people create three-dimensional reconstructions of rooms, objects and people. The Cupertino, California-based technology giant also plans to add the sensor to new high-end iPhones later in 2020, along with 5G networking capabilities, said the people, who asked not to be identified discussing unannounced products.
Moving beyond existing devices, Apple is said to be targeting 2021 or 2022 for the release of a combination VR and AR headset focused on "gaming, watching video and virtual meetings." A lighter weight set of AR glasses could follow as soon as 2023.

The 3D sensor system to be used in the upcoming is said to be a more advanced version of the current Face ID sensor, and Apple's engineering teams are working on creating linkages to the new "rOS" operating system for these headsets that will let them work with existing iOS devices.

For more on Apple's AR/VR project, check out the full report over at bloomberg.com.

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I've never heard one voice say that AR is useful or neat or necessary except from those pushing the technology
Seriously? It's obviously useful. The issue has been that it's too unwieldy so far, but once Apple or someone else makes a pair of glasses that is no bigger than ordinary glasses, it will take off like a rocket. It can do everything an apple watch can do, without you even having to raise your wrist.
 

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Make the new iPad Pro fit the current folio cases. Otherwise, just keep it. It's getting to the point of ridiculousness in the device cost and absurd 200 dollar keyboard price point.

I don't buy a new keyboard for every laptop or iMac. The old one still works, unless you want to provide it for free with it....
 

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Make the new iPad Pro fit the current folio cases. Otherwise, just keep it. It's getting to the point of ridiculousness in the device cost and absurd 200 dollar keyboard price point.

I don't buy a new keyboard for every laptop or iMac. The old one still works, unless you want to provide it for free with it....
my folio keyboard case is slowly falling apart. The printing is missing from the E, A, and S keys, the W key is halfway missing, the outer surfaces are slightly wrinkled from touching damp restaurant tables, etc.

Looking forward to getting a new one for my next iPad :)
 

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I've never heard one voice say that AR is useful or neat or necessary except from those pushing the technology
I think AR is useful and neat. Don't know about necessary - nothing really is.

More seriously, for one not to see the usefulness in AR, one has to lack any sort of imagination or be a troll. I'd love to see little info bubbles above people I meet as I'm terrible with names. Direction arrows overlaid on the road in front of me for navigation. Notifications without looking down at ones phone or watch. A measuring tape that appears in front of you as needed (ring based motion controller sold separately)....
 

cmaier

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Just what the world needs, Apples version of the glasshole.
If you think Apple's glasses will look like google's borg implants, or will be able to capture image files, you're clearly not familiar with Apple.
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I think AR is useful and neat. Don't know about necessary - nothing really is.

More seriously, for one not to see the usefulness in AR, one has to lack any sort of imagination or be a troll. I'd love to see little info bubbles above people I meet as I'm terrible with names. Direction arrows overlaid on the road in front of me for navigation. Notifications without looking down at ones phone or watch. A measuring tape that appears in front of you as needed (ring based motion controller sold separately)....
Superimpose a video monitor on any surface in front of you for watching videos, put notifications in your peripheral vision when you get an incoming message or phone call, automatically replace foreign-language text on signs with your language-of-choice, extend your mac's monitor with a virtual monitor that appears next to it, easily find lost objects by turning your head until you see a balloon floating over your missing AirPod case or iPhone, magnify distant objects to make them easier to see, etc.
 
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If you want to sell glasses they really should let people see better.

There are a lot of people that need and want glasses.
 
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Macman8472

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I am really surprised Apple has even spent time or money on this product area. I used to work for Epson who tried to sell their useless smart glasses. No developer software, real awkward to wear, no marketing, no sales channel, nothing. Apple is a consumer product company, this and all other smart glasses are niche, very niche, specialist areas, not mass produced products. It can only be half interesting if it is £199/$230 or less. How much for the software? Won't be cheap. Can't think of one use at home, yes a few industrial uses, but like I said, niche, very niche. Everyone else has failed, can't see what Apple can bring to the table. I wish Apple spent more time and money updating their computer products. And not every 3-5 years with the same high prices.