Is your idea of the future a hellscape, where robots treat humans like cattle, as we saw in The Matrix, or is your future an optimistic one, where our dreams are more easily realized thanks to humanity’s technological advances?
Naturally, I’m kind of an optimist, and see our technological progress as something wonderful. And when I hear the word “future” — not even “distant future” — my mind immediately goes to virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR).
VR is already here. I’ve got three different VR headsets since the first Oculus Rift (now Meta Quest), and I regularly jump into VR experiences every week. But even more exciting is augmented reality – which rather than completely blocking out the real world and replacing it with a virtual one, it actually augments your real world with the digital content you see within it.
And while augmented reality isn’t quite as mainstream yet as very few of us have tried it, thanks in part to its sky-high price and lackluster polish, it’s very likely the next big thing we should all be anticipating. A new way to experience the Internet. We all live on it through our phones, but what if our phones weren’t in demand? Instead of looking at a physical phone in our hand, what if we could see what our phones showed us right in front of our eyes, mixed with the real world?
Well, that’s what augmented reality glasses will do for us, probably soon, and for a specific smartphone giant – Apple – known to work on Apple AR glasses, a few years ago now. The CEO of the company, Tim Cook, is known to share his optimism about this new technology, and what it can do for humanity.
Apple’s augmented reality glasses could be unveiled this year, and I really hope it does, given the word on the street (which actually means “industry insiders said”) that another delay to 2024 could easily happen. we will see.
But if Apple releases those augmented reality glasses, and not for a crazy price tag of over $2,000 (which some leakers have claimed), we could see AR boom into the mainstream pretty quickly.
The problem, besides the potentially high price, is that many insiders have suggested that Apple’s AR glasses would be the company’s new, clever way of making you buy several Apple products just to try out the big new thing that is AR.
You’ll need to own an iPhone to use Apple’s AR glasses — that’s almost a given in the early days of the technology
Apple is the kind of company that sells different products for different use case scenarios. While Samsung is happy to sell you the Galaxy Z Fold 4 — which is essentially a phone, tablet, and even a computer in one — Apple would rather sell you an iPhone, iPad, and MacBook instead.
This theory is supported by the fact that the trillion-dollar Cupertino giant is always careful not to let one of its products dwindle in sales of another. Your iPhone will never get stylus support, so buy an iPad if you need it. Your iPad still won’t run desktop apps, even if it could, so you’ll be tempted to buy a MacBook…
So it is not an exaggeration to assume that Apple will require you to purchase accessories in order to fully enjoy the augmented reality glasses. But most importantly, and perhaps most understandable – you’ll need a newer iPhone.
And this is what I call a concept, because it makes perfect sense. Apple’s early Spectacles would require your iPhone to do all the processing power for them, since we don’t really have the technology for a full-fledged mini PC in reasonably thin frames, along with a battery, sensors, and other tech.
In the meantime, you have this very powerful little computer, which is your iPhone. You might as well use it to do all the processing for those augmented reality glasses, right?
Now, obviously, you’ll need to buy a newer iPhone, because Apple will inevitably find reasons to set some hardware limitations and requirements, thus isolating any users of older iPhones.
Even the Apple Watch Series 8 won’t work with any iPhones running anything less than the latest iOS 16. In fairness to Apple, all iPhones starting with iPhone 8 are updated, so even if AR glasses have limits Tougher, it shouldn’t be so bad.
Of course, the idea is for the technology to become small enough that one day our phones won’t be needed at all, and all of its technology can be crammed into the frames of some smartglasses. This is probably at least a decade in the future, but I already strongly believe this is where we’re headed.
You may need an Apple Watch to use Apple’s AR glasses, too; Or at least to get “full functionality” from it
I’m somewhat skeptical about this particular rumor, but at the same time, it’s not hard to imagine how a future Apple Watch could be the perfect device for us to use to interact with our AR glasses.
Imagine an Apple Watch with some kind of sensor that can detect your arm movements more accurately, along with finger gestures — a win-win way to control AR content. Not only is Apple selling you a new kind of smartwatch, but you can command your smart glasses with something socially acceptable to wear. Because let me tell you, the other option was most likely a “smart glove,” which, by the way, was also something we’ve seen leaks that Apple has been looking at in the past.
Of course, the alternative to buying an Apple Watch would be…
Apple Smart Ring – This has been mentioned a few times as well
Yes, back in 2019, Apple filed a patent for a smart ring, and we reported on how that happened. Users may need it to navigate their Apple Glasses, personally I’m more supportive of the Apple Watch theory, even if I don’t think it turns out to be true, because having to buy an Apple Loop is above all else. Some of Apple’s other products sound like legitimate overkill.
Yes, smart rings do exist, and they’ve been around for quite some time, and they usually do the same things your smartwatch does — track your sleep, your workouts, what’s on. Except that they obviously don’t come with a screen, so you need to pull out your phone to check your stats.
And yes, A.J The smart ring could theoretically be used to navigate augmented reality glasses. As we can see from Apple’s patent on the aforementioned smart ring, the company has planned “second connections” to a “head-mounted device comprising: a display configured for image generation.”
You don’t need to wear your detective hat to know what that means. Apparently, Apple planned this smart ring it had been quietly researching and developing for use in powering AR or VR headsets or glasses. In any case, we will find out what Apple has in store for us very soon.
You might need AirPods to use Apple’s AR glasses, even
One of the most recent reports we covered shows how to do this Apple mixed reality headset users may need to wear AirPods. This is very confusing to me at first glance, but there is clearly a very good reason as to why this is so.
According to the report, Apple’s upcoming AR headset will use the same H2 chip as it Using AirPods Pro 2. The person inside the earphones is supposed to have a “stealth” low-latency transmission mode, which can be used in conjunction with the AR headset.
Now, I have a Metal Quest 2, and these, like all VR and AR headsets I’ve tried, have built-in speakers into their frames. In the case of Quest 2 – also good speakers. The problem is that if Apple wants its augmented reality glasses to become something that everyone can wear outdoors, while, among other people, everyone will hear the sound from your glasses.
What if you’re on a private call with your loved one, and you don’t want strangers to overhear your conversation over dinner, and hear how you like anchovies on your pizza? Apparently, Apple would be willing to sell you AirPods for this scenario, and the AirPods Pro 2 are allegedly already ready to pair with your now-not-there headphone!
So while buying AirPods won’t necessarily be forced on you in order to use your Apple AR glasses, it’s reasonable to expect that most people will want to regardless of just the privacy aspect.
AR – yes or no? Are you excited, or do you wish the “future” would take its time, so that we could enjoy the present for a little longer?
I’ve experienced both VR and AR, and I strongly believe that augmented reality in particular will be the next big thing – it’s so exciting and so full of potential. Now, most people haven’t had the opportunity to experience augmented reality, which is quite understandable, because we haven’t really refined, popularized, and most importantly – affordable augmented reality products on the market yet, but again, that will change. Maybe as soon as this year.
But what do you think? Are you excited about augmented reality, and would you be willing to play ball with Apple and buy everything needed to try it out?