After the Apple Watch and the HomePod, the next big Apple product is eager to be launched. We already know this about the Apple Glass: the AR glasses from Apple.
Apple Glass rumors
Since 2016 we have been writing on iPhone about the Apple Glass: smart glasses that mix the real world with the digital through augmented reality. Now that the release is getting closer, it is high time for an overview: these are the most persistent rumors about the Apple Glass.
1. An accessory for your iPhone and iPad
The Apple Glass seems to become an accessory for your iPhone and iPad, just like the Apple Watch has been for years. By pairing the glasses to your iPhone, you can adjust the settings from an app.
Think of the Apple Watch app, with which you set which apps can send notifications from your paired iPhone. That will also become important with the Glass, because notifications may appear right in your field of vision. More than ever a good reason to take a critical look at which apps can and cannot send notifications.
2. Runs on its own software
Once the glasses are there, the annual WWDC keynote is likely to get a lot longer again. After watchOS, the Apple Glass also gets its own software system. This would be a derivative of iOS because the glasses work so closely with iPhones and iPads.
How the software will look exactly is still a mystery. In any case, Apple is facing a whole new challenge: for the first time, the software has to get in the way as little as possible, because it is displayed right in front of someone’s eyes. Therefore, a lot of corners and edges will have to be used.
3. Focus on lightweight and wearing comfort
Without the paired iPhone or iPad, using the glasses does not seem to be in it for the time being. A rumor shows that Apple had to weigh up the weight and design. If the company put all the necessary electronics in the frame to make the glasses work independently, the weight would increase considerably. For a product that you wear on your nose, that is a lot less pleasant.
Therefore, the iPhone would be used for all computing power, and the glasses are mainly intended to connect to this device. Just like the first Apple Watch, little was possible without an iPhone nearby. In the meantime, things have changed, so you can count on it that in a few years’ time future editions of the glasses can also do much more without the help of other devices.
4. Built-in LiDAR sensor
The iPad Pro 2020 was the first Apple product to be equipped with a LiDAR sensor, but will certainly not be the last. After the iPhone 12 this fall, the Apple Glass would also have such a sensor built-in. This comes in handy to give augmented reality images extra credible.
The sensor can measure the distance between the glasses and objects in the real world very accurately. This allows the glasses to map your environment very precisely and thus place digital objects in a credible way in the real world. For glasses that fully rely on the quality of augmented reality, such a sensor, therefore, seems indispensable.
5. Control via swipes
But how are we going to operate the Apple Glass if there is no touchscreen to put our fingers on? Looking at Apple’s patents, the company seems to be looking primarily at a way to use swipes. For example, you could make a notification disappear from the picture by waving your hand in front of your face.
How the operation of the Apple Glass will work will become an important barrier for many users. An Apple Watch on your wrist is a lot less noticeable than glasses that you constantly wear and where you also have to wave your hands to operate it.
6. Price: glasses and the frame
The most recent rumor states that Apple wants to charge $ 499 for the Apple Glass. However, it does not stop there. For that money you only get the frames at home, you will also have to purchase the glasses (prescription). Apple seems to treat the smart glasses in the same way that many opticians already do.
Normally you do not wear glasses, it is not clear whether the glasses come with standard lenses without a prescription. In any case, there would be no sunglasses variant according to rumors.
7. Release date: still unclear
Despite all the rumors, it remains guesswork when Apple officially reveals the Apple Glass. For the time being, it appears that it is planned for the end of 2020, after which the glasses will be in stores in the course of 2021. Apple has previously unveiled products and only put them in the store months later, just think of the Mac Pro.
Such an approach would make even more sense here, as it gives app developers a few months to get their apps ready to support the glasses. For the time being, we are looking forward to the fall of 2020, but we will not be surprised if Apple quietly extends the project to next year. So keep an eye on the iPhone, because we will keep you informed about everything you need to know about this next big project from Apple.