Sources say Apple will release a new wearable pair of glasses making use of augmented reality tech to unveil sometime in 2020.
Augmented reality (AR), for those unfamiliar, lets you see virtual images in the real world. Rather than giving a window into an invented world, it uses either screens or transparent lenses to place digital items on top of the real world around you.
Claims that an Apple AR headset is in the works at Apple stretch back some years and a number of reports have appeared presenting evidence that the project is well underway at Apple. In fact the project even has a code-name – T288.
There is yet more evidence that Apple is working on something in the AR space – this time coming from Apple itself.
Apple CEO Tim Cook said in an August 2016 interview with The Washington Post that Apple is “doing a lot of things” in the augmented reality space. He didn’t stop there though, as the Apple boss went on to claim that he thinks of it as a “core technology” for the company.
“I think AR is extremely interesting and sort of a core technology,” Cook stated during the interview. “So yes, it’s something we’re doing a lot of things on behind that curtain we talked about.”
Loup Ventures analyst Gene Munster believes that augmented reality will be the next big thing for Apple. Something he says we aren’t yet ready for, “but eventually we will be”.