Jon Prosser reveals Apple's AR Glasses info in exclusive new video
May 22 2020
According to Prosser, Apple Glass will cost $499 (plus prescription) - which makes them a pricey pair of specs. However, the company delayed its latest "one more thing" announcement because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Apple Glass is shaping up to be more of iPhone accessory than futuristic computing device. An actual launch would be almost a year later in "Q4 2021 - Q1 2022".
Thursday's DigiTimes report repeats that 2021 release timeline, and further suggests that the actual launch could be later in the year. This was the case with the original iPhone in 2007, the Apple Watch in 2014, and the HomePod in 2017. Jon Prosser describes that the glasses he saw were quite basic with plastic frames.
It will have a LiDAR sensor but no camera: Prosser says a LiDAR sensor is built into the "right side of the temple" to help with spatial reconnaissance, but the unit Apple is working with doesn't have any other cameras. Like the camera, Apples's new LiDAR sensor, and will have the cheapest entry-level price in a decade. AR glasses that look like regular glasses would be an immediate game-changer. DigiTimes has a good track record as a supply chain monitor, but has an incredibly poor success rate on predicting product features.
The AR eyeglasses will also have the ability to read particular Apple-made QR codes as well. Currently, there is no option for sunglasses.
Apple's AR Glasses has been in the rumors for a long time. A 2017 report from Bloomberg claimed AR Glasses would be ready in 2020.
Apple Glass (yes, that's the name of Apple's highly anticipated AR glasses) is coming sooner than expected, but the final product may not look as futuristic as the hundreds of concepts floating around on the internet.
Apple traditionally needs to send engineers back and forth from its offices to its factories in China to finalize designs in the lead-up to the product's release. The new headphones will have a stronger focus on touch-control technology with different interchangeable magnetic bands, according to Bloomberg.
The glasses are said to come with a plastic stand for wireless charging and will run a user interface called "Starboard" that will display information on both lenses, and the user interface can be controlled both on, and in front of the device with user gestures.
Second, Apple Glass' lack of a camera is a smart move, since conversation around Google Glass was focused nearly entirely around the face-mounted camera and whether or not people were being secretly recorded.