Apple will not launch new augmented reality products until 2022 to 2023, the Information reported on Monday, citing an internal Apple presentation described by sources .
Apple has been reportedly developing products in the augmented reality space for some time – including the corporate acquisition iOS code snippet suggesting a stereo AR headset seemingly related patents and analysts predictions of a 2020 release all contributing to the gossip scene. However, Apple has not made any product announcements. The Information report suggests that it may remain that way, with sources telling the site an AR headset (codenamed N301) was not headed for release until 2022 and "a softer pair of glasses of AR "(N421) not hitting the market until 2023.
Information wrote that the presentation on the matter was filled by a 1,000-year-old auditorium in Apple & # 39; s Cupertino headquarters, California and includes details on possible features, development updates, and information on the thermal products architecture. "The N301's headset is equipped with external facing cameras and is planned to offer both AR and virtual reality capabilities, sources said on the site, and resembles a more elegant Oculus Quest device Furthermore, the headset is "have a high-resolution display that will allow users to read the small type and see other people standing front and back virtual objects "as well as offering advanced 3D-mapping capabilities
According to the Information, the N421 glasses are not up to date and currently look normal sunglasses with "thick frames enclosing the battery and chips." Additionally, sources say Apple is experimenting with a system that darkens lenses when using an app. of busy indicators) and ti executives have determined whether the N421 could eventually replace the iPhone. Key challenges for both devices include finding cheaper ways to make them lighter, as Apple explores the "lightweight aerospace or composite materials" that remain expensive today, the Information is write.
Apple declined to comment on the Information beyond a standard statement it did not refer to "rumors and speculation." However, Bloomberg confirmed some of the details of the report, with a source saying that Apple has been compiling its date from 2020 (though 2021 seems to remain a possibility ). The news network further reports that engineers have begun work on "rOS," an operating system that will allow current devices to be compatible with headsets and glasses.
Rivals Facebook, Microsoft, and Google all compete with the perfect AR and The VR technology, widely seen as the next frontier in immersive media (despite consumer interest in headsets tied to mobile devices were to this day limited ). Apple CEO Tim Cook told the Independent in 2017 that AR was "a great idea, just like a smartphone," adding that "Smartphones are for everyone, we don't have to think that the iPhone is about a specific demographic, or country or vertical market: for everyone. I think AR is huge, it's huge. "It may be, but it's like getting it to Apple while pulling it off .
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