Apple Glasses Stories April 26, 2021

Apple AR VR headset
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A sketchy report today says that the rumored Apple headset with combined AR-VR capabilities has fallen behind schedule. The report says supply-chain partners expected the device to move into a second phase of prototype testing last quarter, but this didn’t happen.

However, it’s unclear that much weight should be given to the claim …

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Apple Glasses Stories April 8, 2021

Apple Glasses could automatically unlock all your Apple devices
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Update: Apple has today applied for a continuation patent for this idea. Continuation patent applications can be filed in one of two circumstances: where the inventors wants to add new claims, or where the patent office rejected some of the original claims but allowed others.

An Apple patent granted today shows how Apple Glasses could automatically unlock all your Apple devices, in much the same way that you can use an Apple Watch to unlock your Mac.

The patent acknowledges that having to unlock each of your devices individually can be slightly annoying when you are using several of them …

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Apple Glasses Stories April 5, 2021

Tim Cook received his annual stock payout
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Tim Cook was interviewed today on journalist Kara Swisher’s Sway podcast. Apple’s CEO talked about his admiration for Tesla and its lead in electric vehicles and noted that he “probably” won’t be at Apple in 10 years’ time. Another thing Cook talked about was AR and its role in Apple’s future.

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Apple Glasses Stories March 30, 2021

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Pokémon Go’s developer Niantic could be creating an Apple Glasses competitor, according to a tweet by Niantic’s CEO John Hanke. This comes as rumors intensify about Apple’s own plans to release AR and VR headset and glasses products.

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Apple Glasses Stories March 11, 2021

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The US Patent & Trademark Office today published a patent application from Apple relating to its smart ring project, which could be used with AR, VR, and MR applications. This is the latest evidence of Apple’s continued work in AR and VR.

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Apple Glasses Stories March 8, 2021

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Earlier this week, reliable tech analyst Ming-Chi Kuo brought more details about Apple’s plans for its new AR/VR devices. Kuo has now said in a new research note obtained by 9to5Mac that Apple’s rumored mixed-reality headset will feature 15 camera modules, which will enable advanced AR and “innovative biometrics.”

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Apple Glasses Stories March 5, 2021

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Over the next four years, Apple has some really compelling new products that could make it to market. When it comes to iPhone, Apple will likely realize its goal to create a single slab of glass by eliminating the notch and could also debut its first foldable. In the AR/VR space, we should see Apple’s first headset and possibly Apple Glasses. And wading into all-new territory, Apple Car could launch in that window along with other new innovations in the health industry and more. What Apple products are you most excited to see launch?

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Apple Glasses Stories February 10, 2021

How Apple’s VR:AR headset might look
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We got some idea about how Apple’s VR/AR headset might look from a simple rendering based on a prototype seen by The Information. A designer has now used this as the basis of more realistic renders of the design.

The original cartoon-style drawing showed only a side view, but designer Antonio De Rosa has given us some ideas on how the rumored $3,000 headset might look from a variety of angles …

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Apple Glasses displays
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The Apple Glasses displays are expected to be micro OLED ones, says a new report today. Not to be confused with microLED, micro OLED is an advanced form of display tech that is built directly onto chip wafers, and is ideal for the very small displays likely to be used in Apple’s augmented reality glasses.

The Cupertino company has reportedly been working on the project with A-series chipmaker TSMC under secrecy conditions that are extreme even by Apple standards …

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Apple Glasses Stories February 4, 2021

Apple mixed reality headset render
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A recent report suggested that an Apple mixed-reality headset would be the Mac Pro of VR devices, priced at a level where the company would only expect to sell one unit per day per Apple Store.

A new report today claims to have more specific details, including ultra-high-resolution 8K displays, and a price point somewhere around $3,000 …

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Apple Glasses Stories January 5, 2021

iPhone-powered Apple Glasses concept
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Yesterday saw a new Kuo report which said that Apple plans to release its first AR device at some point this year. While it didn’t go into any detail, the analyst has previously suggested we can expect to see iPhone-powered Apple Glasses, at least for the first-generation of the company’s move into augmented reality.

Although there are pros and cons to having the iPhone do the heavy lifting, overall I think it’s an approach that makes sense …

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Apple Glasses Stories September 4, 2020

Facebook AR glasses prototype
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We’re not expecting to see Apple Glasses before 2022 at the earliest, but we’ve now seen a prototype of one rival effort: Facebook AR glasses.

Interestingly, this prototype has no display and is entirely focused on an auditory experience. It’s part super-sophisticated hearing aid, part virtual reality device …

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Apple Glasses Stories July 16, 2020

Control Apple Glasses with your eyes
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There have been signs that Apple is making notable progress on its long-rumored Apple Glasses product, and a new patent application describes how you could control Apple Glasses with your eyes.

It’s not the first time Apple has described using eyes as an input mechanism. An earlier patent application described how tracking the direction in which you are looking could be used to video augmented reality experiences. This one is broader, however, with eye control playing a much bigger role …

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Apple Glasses Stories July 10, 2020

Apple's interest in 802.11ay could be for Apple Glasses
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Apple has allegedly seen some notable progress recently with its AR headset and Apple Glasses efforts. A new report from The Information says that the company’s semitransparent lenses, one of the most important components of the upcoming wearable devices have passed the prototyping stage and moved into trial production. Additionally, the report includes new details on the thickness of the lenses, integrated technology, and more.

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Apple Glasses Stories June 18, 2020

Patent describes Apple Glasses using eye tracking to video AR experiences

A new Apple patent application describes a way to use gaze tracking to video AR experiences using a ‘head-mounted display’…

Apple Glasses Stories May 14, 2020

iPad mini 5
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Reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has shared a new investor note today focused on new iPad hardware as well as Apple Glasses. According to Kuo, Apple will release Apple Glasses “in 2022 at the earliest.”

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Apple Glasses Stories April 24, 2020

Apple Glasses could be one of two Apple uses for 6GHz band
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Update: The WLAN Association has announced that the FCC has, as we predicted, voted in favor.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has announced that it will be voting on a plan to open up the 6GHz band for general use by device makers.

The FCC positions this as a fivefold increase in the spectrum available for Wi-Fi use, but in reality, it will be used for very short-range communications, with two specific uses likely by Apple…

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Apple Glasses Stories February 26, 2020

Apple's interest in 802.11ay could be for Apple Glasses
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A report earlier this week suggested that the upcoming iPhone 12 may support a new WiFi spec, 802.11ay. This would pretty surprising, as the standard is so new the spec hasn’t even be finalized, and Apple normally waits a while before adopting new tech – as we’ve seen for everything from 3G onward.

A piece today speculates that Apple’s interest in this might be for connectivity with the long-rumored Apple Glasses

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Apple Glasses Stories December 10, 2019

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North Focals have so far been the closest thing we’ve seen to the long-rumored Apple Glasses, and now its Focals 2.0 model promises to get even closer to the goal of an AR headset which looks indistinguishable from normal glasses – unlike the competition.

North, which has heavy-duty backing in the form of Intel and Amazon, says Focals 2.0 will launch sometime next year…

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Apple Glasses Stories November 12, 2019

Apple Glasses replace smartphone or not?
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A report yesterday suggested that anyone eager to get their hands on the long-rumored Apple Glasses might have to wait a while. An internal presentation reportedly said that we won’t see third-party devices until 2022, and Apple Glasses until 2023.

But what was perhaps most interesting was the claim that Apple believes its glasses product will replace the iPhone within a decade…

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Apple Glasses Stories November 11, 2019

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Following a report from The Information earlier today, Bloomberg is now out with a report on Apple’s plans for augmented reality. Bloomberg says that Apple’s push into augmented reality will pick up next year with a new iPad Pro, with AR headsets and glasses to follow.

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Apple AR headset launch in 2022, glasses in 2023
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A report today claims that the Apple AR headset launch won’t be taking place until 2022 — some two years later than has previously been suggested. The information was reportedly announced to team members at an internal presentation in the Steve Jobs Theater at Apple Park.

The report suggests the Cupertino company plans a two-stage launch for the product that has been colloquially referenced as Apple Glasses.

Updated with more details below …

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Apple Glasses Stories September 3, 2019

Apple Tag tracking device
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As 9to5Mac first reported back in April, Apple is working on a Tag device – similar to the Tile tracker – that can be attached to any object such as keys or a backpack and tracked in the new Find My app. We now have more to share about both Apple’s item tracker as well as the company’s so-called Apple Glasses project.

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Apple Glasses Stories August 8, 2018

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The Magic Leap One augmented reality headset is finally available, though only to developers, only within certain US cities – and with a $2,295 price-tag.

Magic Leap has been letting a number of tech writers test it, and early reviews aren’t exactly encouraging …

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Apple Glasses Stories February 14, 2018

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Several reports have indicated that Apple is working on a pair of augmented reality glasses, potentially slated for a release sometime in the next two years. While little is known about the glasses, iDrop News today has published a set of renders that imagine what “Apple Glasses” could look like…

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Apple Glasses Stories April 20, 2017

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Earlier this year it was reported that Apple is developing augmented reality features that will eventually appear in glasses after coming first to iPhones. Now a newly leaked document may have accidentally acknowledged Apple’s prototype AR glasses for the first time.

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Apple Glasses Stories January 9, 2017

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Snapchat Spectacles

Snapchat’s Spectacles

A report in November claimed that Apple was considering the possibility of entering the digital glasses market, as Snapchat recently did. Now, Robert Scoble, a popular blogger, claims that Apple is working with German optics company Carl Zeiss on its digital glasses.

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