Apple ‘glass’ detail leak: release date, features, and design

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May 19—Prolific Apple leaker Jon Prosser of Front Page Tech has offered a range of new details about the company’s augmented reality (AR) glasses project, reports Apple Insider.

Rumored Apple AR Glass Details

According to Prosser, the Big Tech firm’s AR offering will be called Apple Glass and will resemble an ordinary pair of glasses. The product is designed to work with a paired iPhone, which will handle all of its processing a la the first Apple Watch. Both of the headset’s lenses will display information via a gesture-controlled user interface (UI) called “Starboard,” which will only be visible to the wearer.

Apple will reportedly price its inaugural AR product at $499 plus the cost of an owner’s prescription.

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Front Page Tech also noted the first Apple Glass would not feature a camera. However, the product will come equipped with a lidar sensor to detect user commands and AR experience triggers. The tech analysis outlet also said Apple made its eyewear prototype out of plastic, but its composition may change before it goes to market.

To charge the AR headset, buyers will set it atop a plastic wireless charging station.

Prosser explained Apple intended to unveil its first-generation headgear during an event scheduled for the fourth quarter. However, the company delayed its latest “one more thing” announcement because of the coronavirus pandemic. At present, the firm intends to introduce Glass at a public event in March 2021.

The leaker also noted Apple Glass will not be immediately available after unveiling and will go on sale in late 2021 or early 2022.

The iPhone maker’s plans to launch two different connected headgear products first emerged last November.

Will Apple Glass Succeed?

Apple, like Facebook and Google, is a big believer in the potential of AR-enabled smart glasses. The three Silicon Valley giants have spent hundreds of millions developing prototypes and acquiring startups with cutting-edge technology. Nevertheless, the iPhone maker seems most likely to release the wearable that will supplant the smartphone.

For one thing, Apple has extensive experience in developing and releasing innovative consumer electronics. The corporation established its 21st-century reputation upon building stylish hardware that connects seamlessly to an easy-to-use software ecosystem. As such, the brand has the best chance of deploying a smart eyewear product with broad consumer appeal.

In addition, the details leaked by Prosser indicate Apple made some smart design choices with Glass. By offloading its data-crunching to a connected iPhone, the company minimized its headset’s weight, which will make it comfortable to wear for long stretches. Also, the firm’s decision to make it resemble existing prescription eyewear will make it aesthetically pleasing and inviting.

That said, the electronics maker’s choice to eschew a built-in camera might be its best feature. One of the primary reasons Google Glass failed is its embedded image and video recorders aggravated the public’s privacy concerns. The Cupertino, California-based corporation seemingly learned from its contemporary’s mistakes and sidestepped the entire debate.

Whenever Apple releases its smart eyewear product, it will likely become a major success.

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