Apple AR glasses are one of those tech products that we've been hearing rumors about for years, but now we've had the biggest leak yet, one that may have revealed nearly everything about them.
Firstly, Prosser says that they're going to be referred to as "Apple Glass". However, the details surrounding the upcoming product was always scarce. One of the primary reasons Google Glass failed is its embedded image and video recorders aggravated the public's privacy concerns. "Apple Glass apparently looks like an actual pair of glasses and has a claimed "$499 plus prescription" price point.
Crucially, the Apple Glass won't have that weird glass block featured on Google Glass.
Jon Prosser also says that Apple Glass displays information in both lenses through a specialized UI called "Starboard", a play on "Springboard" for iOS. The iPhone maker will likely use display panels from BOE, LG Display, and Samsung.
Responding to a comment about the compatibility of AirPods and Apple Glass, Prosser said the latter won't come with a speaker so wearers will be encouraged to own Apple's AirPods - which are among the best wireless earbuds - for any degree of audio integration. The accessory will be controlled using gestures and probably leverage the ARKit framework to place digital elements on top of the real world.
This info relies on a mixture of Prosser's sources and likewise a prototype of Apple Glass he has reportedly seen.
The glasses aren't big or techy, so how are they powered? It appears like Glass will function the identical approach as the primary era of Apple Watch, with all knowledge being processed on the iPhone. But let's not get too far ahead of ourselves here! If new leaks are to be believed, Apple could be gearing up to announce an entirely new gadget as soon as this year. This may also force Apple to release select iPhone models in October.
There are still some things we don't know about the iPhone 12 cameras, such as how many megapixels they'll have, but with them not landing before September there's plenty of time for those details to leak.
It's been a few years since Apple last released something truly brand new. Prosser claims that Apple might delay the scheduled event to March 2021 and the AR devices are expected to hit the shelves between Q4 2021 and Q1 2022. According to Prosser, Apple wants to announce its latest product at an in-person event rather than a virtual one, so if that's not possible in the fall, it could be pushed until next spring.