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Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is out with a new research report today that claims Apple's first head-mounted augmented reality device could come out as soon as next year. Kuo mentions that the AR glasses will be an iPhone accessory, with the iPhone to be responsible for computings, networking, indoor positioning and outdoor positioning, and the AR device plays the display role. (Via Economic Daily News)

Kuo expects Apple's first-generation head-mounted AR device will be mass-produced in the fourth quarter of this year to the second quarter of next year. And, because it's an iPhone accessory, which means Apple will not pack all the technology into one piece, therefore, it allows them manages to keep the handset lightweight and slim.

Furthermore, the analyst believes that Augmented Reality (AR) is one of the key businesses for Apple's future growth, and will become a leader in the field of augmented reality, mainly due to it is capable of doing a huge investment, have the software and hardware integration capabilities and design innovative human-computer interaction capabilities.

Reports from Bloomberg and many patents applications have indicated that Apple is indeed working on a such product, with Bloomberg saying that the AR glasses could run on operating system called rOS. Apple CEO Tim Cook said in a recent shareholders meeting that they are working on a future product that will blow you away, perhaps this is the one that they are talking about?

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Rumors have suggested that Apple is developing an AR headset or a pair of smart glasses, which are said to be released around 2020 or 2021. No one really knows what is it gonna look like, but Apple’s newly granted patent application should give you a general impression, as it describes a "method for representing points of interest in a view of a real environment on a mobile device." (Via AppleInsider)

Although the word "Apple Glasses" is not explicitly mentioned, the patent does describe a "head-mounted display." Similar to other AR products, it overlays computer-generated virtual information onto a real-world view. More specifically, the headset will be implemented with a camera that can identify and annotate points of interest and other objects.

One of the patented illustrations shows the head-mounted screen showing some buildings, each with a superimposed label, and the fingers can interact with it. In another example, the iPhone gives details of a point of interest.

The "Apple Glasses" device in the illustration is like the ski goggle, but whether Apple is developing smart glasses like Google Glass or a HoloLens-like headset is not known. Bloomberg previously reported that Apple's device will use a customized iOS-based "rOS" system, which is said to be able to communicate wirelessly with the iPhone.

According to Nikkei Asian Review, Taiwanese manufacturer Quanta Computer, the primary assembler of the Apple Watch, has revealed that it is working on an augmented reality product for an undisclosed company that some industry observers believe is Apple.

Quanta's vice chairman C.C. Leung suggested the device will be a "headset-like gadget with a fully transparent lens that allows users to see through and interact with the environment.” He also told reporters that such a device available in the market no later than the year 2019.

“We are working on an AR project and have studied the optical technologies that AR devices have needed since two years ago,” Vice Chairman C.C. Leung told reporters after the Taiwanese manufacturer’s earnings conference. “Currently, we see such a device available in the market no later than the year 2019.”

The Quanta VP noted that if an augmented reality device could carry a price tag lower than $1,000, it would likely become a hit in the market, though it is unlikely he has any knowledge of Apple's pricing plans if they even exist yet.

Leung said that while VR may be more popular (and affordable) in the short-term, “AR will bring much more applications and create more opportunities than VR in the longer run. At same time, Quanta’s Barry Lam believes AR devices like these will first gain adoption among companies and then spread to consumers.

Via MacRumors And 9to5Mac, Image Credit Patently Apple And 1redDrop

According to a new report from Bloomberg, Apple is reportedly ramping up development of an augmented reality headset that will have its own display and run on a new chip and operating system. The publication says the device could ship by 2020, the development timeline is said to be "very aggressive" and could still change.

Apple is engineering the headset's custom operating system, based on iOS, is reportedly dubbed "rOS" for "reality operating system." Geoff Stahl, is one of the directors who’s going to led the so-called "rOS" software group.

 Just as tvOS powers the Apple TV, macOS runs on Macs and watchOS runs on Apple Watches, "rOS" will power Apple’s AR headset. Geoff Stahl, formerly a software manager for games and graphics at Apple, is one of the directors of the "rOS" software group.

Apple hasn't finalized how users will control the headset and launch apps, the interaction paradigm for this headset is less also clear. The report says Apple is exploring voice control, touch panels and head gestures. It also isn’t clear what the final product would look like; Bloomberg describes an AR headset.

Engineers are prototyping a range of applications, from mapping and texting to more advanced features including virtual meeting rooms and 360-degree video playback. The company has discussed pairing the headset with its own version of the App Store, where users would be able to download content, just as they do with the iPhone, Watch, Apple TV and Mac.

However whilst Apple develops its own prototypes, engineers are apparently already using HTC Vive devices for internal prototyping and testing. Bloomberg says the company is also creating a device that resembles a Gear VR headset, would connect wirelessly to an iPhone and using the phone's screen for the display. It would only be rolled out internally for testing AR apps.

In the meantime, Apple CEO Tim Cook described the technology needed for a shipping product as not there yet as recently as last month. Still, Cook has hyped the potential for augmented reality as a tool to anyone who will listen even before the recent launch of Apple’s ARKit apps.

Via MacRumors And 9to5Mac, Image Credit 9to5Mac
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