The Future of Virtual (VR) and Augmented (AR) Reality

Apple is rumored have a secret team of hundreds of employees working on virtual and augmented reality projects.

https://www.macrumors.com

Apple’s AR Smart Glasses

Apple has reportedly been dabbling in virtual and augmented reality for over a decade, but with both on the rise in recent years, Apple has become much more serious about having VR and AR products of their own released. Allegedly, “Apple has been making plans to create a product using cutting edge OLED microdisplays provided by Sony that will feature;

  • an ultra-fast response rate
  • ultra-high contrast
  • a wide color gamut
  • high luminance
  • low reflectance
  • integrated drivers for a thin and light design

according to www.macrumors.com

The AR glasses are predicted to look strikingly similar to normal glasses, with prescription lenses being available at an additional cost. Without prescription lenses, the glasses could possibly start at $499.00 USD. The glasses are said to feature an “0.5-inch display with a 1280×960 resolution.” according to www.macrumors.com

Apple Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo expects the AR glasses to be marketed as an iPhone accessory and will primarily take a display role offloading computing, networking, and positioning to the iPhone.

https://www.macrumors.com

Apple’s AR Headset

The Information and Bloomberg have both said that Apple is working on smart glasses AND an AR headset, with the headset to come out in 2021 followed by the glasses in 2022.

https://www.macrumors.com

The details of the work Apple is currently putting into the headset were surfaced and “It was said that the headset will feature;

  • high-resolution display and cameras that will let users “read small type”
  • see other people standing in front of and behind virtual objects
  • map surfaces, edges, and dimensions of rooms with “greater accuracy than existing devices on the market.”
  • an app store for the headset, with a focus on gaming, streaming video content, and video conferencing.
  • be controlled via Siri, though Apple is also testing a physical remote.”

according to www.macrumors.com

Internal disagreements have changed the overall goals in regards to their AR headset overtime. The original goal was aimed towards a system that came with a hub to house processor. However Jony Ive, who is the former chief design officer of Apple, decided that he did not want to sell a product that would require “a separate, stationary device for full functionality,” according to www.macrumors.com

Apple’s VR/AR Headset

Apple isn’t only planning to release AR glasses and an AR only headset, there is also talk of a very powerful VR/AR headset that “Is not quite like anything on the market,” according to www.macrumors.com. For the user to set up the headset, they will need to install special cameras in a room of their choice that will be able to map their exact location within the room. These cameras come with various VR headsets that are currently available. This headset is rumoured to feature, not just a 1080p or 4K display, but an 8K display for each eye. According to www.macrumors.com; “The headset would connect to a “dedicated box” using a high-speed short-range wireless technology called 60GHz WiGig. The box would be powered by a custom 5-nanometer Apple processor that’s “more powerful than anything currently available.” 

Apple partnership with Valve

Apple is partnering with game developer Valve for its rumored AR headset. 

www.DigiTimes.com

Valve has been in the VR industry since April 2019 when the Washington based company released their first VR headset, The Valve Index. Valve is very well known as they are the creators of the PC gaming store called “Steam.” The Index headset struggled to meet demand at first but to this day it is used by “roughly 1 in 7 VR users on Steam,” according to uploadvr.com. According to www.macrumors.com; “Valve previously worked with Apple to bring native VR headset support to macOS High Sierra, leveraging the eGPU support with a Mac version of the SteamVR software.” meaning it’s no doubt Valve would gladly partner with Apple again to make this groundbreaking product a reality.

Conclusion

In conclusion with the information I’ve gathered courtesy of www.macrumors.com I can pretty safely say we should hear from either Apple or Valve on an Apple AR glasses/headset that will hopefully be released when predicted. Whether it will have all of these groundbreaking technological features will remain unknown but I can absolutely say, from the amazing technology we’ve been seeing in regards to VR headsets and AR apps on phones, it doesn’t seem too far fetched to say Apple can find a way to combine the two realities into one product that has potential to be their best selling product ever.

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