IT'S NO SECRET that Apple is dabbling in the world of augmented reality (AR) hardware, but a new report claims it could release its first headset as early as in 2020.
Reliable Apple tipster Ming-Chi Kuo claims, via 9to5Mac, that manufacturing of the AR goggles may start as soon as October 2019, "no later than the second quarter of 2020."
While earlier rumours claimed the eye-worn wearable would run on a custom version of iOS internally dubbed "rOS" and would be powered by a "powerful" 5nm Apple-made processor, Kuo says the as-yet-unnamed glasses won't have their own CPU or graphics processor, and will instead need to be tethered to a nearby iPhone.
This means the wearable will likely act as a remote display, with computing, rendering, internet connectivity and location services handled by a users' iPhone.
While this sounds somewhat dull compared to earlier rumours, it does have its benefits; Apple's so-called iGoggles should be small and light compared to the likes of Microsoft's Hololens, and less battery hungry than other VR headsets.
It could also make them less expensive than competitors devices, though this is Apple we're talking about, so gadget will probably be just as pricey.
While Apple, naturally, hasn't commented, the firm has made no secret of its intentions in the AR space. Most recently, the firm scooped up Akonia Holographics, a startup that makes displays for augmented reality (AR) devices.
The Denver-based company, founded in 2012, says its display technology allows for "thin, transparent smart glass lenses that display vibrant, full-colour, wide field-of-view images."
It also boasts a portfolio of more than 200 patents related to holographic systems and materials, according to its website, and claims its technology "will revolutionize" the smart glass display industry. µ
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