Apple is believed to be developing AR (augmented reality) glasses called "Apple Glass" (provisional). Rumors surrounding this product have been gaining momentum, and we now have detailed information such as the product name and probable price.
These rumors come from Jon Prosser, who recently announced that Apple's AR glasses in the first half of 2021. Prosser announced the following points on his YouTube channel.
- Product name: Apple Glass
- Prices will start at $499, adapting a pair of corrective lenses will increase the cost
- Displays with gesture control are in both lenses
- Like the original Apple Watch it will need to be paired with an iPhone
- Early prototypes included LiDAR and wireless charging
- Apple had originally planned to announce the product as a "One More Thing" at their fall iPhone event, but due to restrictions to public events (related to coronavirus), its announcement may be pushed back to their event in March 2021
- Apple is planning to release the product in either the second half of 2021 or the first half of 2022
Rumors suggest that Apple's AR hardware will come in two varieties: a larger AR headset type and the smaller AR glasses type. The former is likely to come in 2022 while the latter may not be released until 2023. In other words, it may seem likely that the headset type will be announced first, but if Prosser's theory is complete then we may see the lighter glasses first.
And speaking of Apple's AR-related products, there are reports of a new AR app called Gobi and the circle shapes it can read, and the clues in the QR codes found in Starbucks logos. Apple's value comes from its ability to bring hardware, software, and content together, so it's likely that all three are being prepared concurrently.
Prosser also suggested that the 2020 iPhone event may be held in October instead of the customary September as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
Famous analysts Ming-Chi Kuo and Jeff Pu have suggested that some of the Pro models of the flagship iPhone 12 series (provisional) will be released in October, however it seems likely that the announcement event itself will be postponed in the face of the unprecedented virus crisis, not just the release of individual models.
This article was originally written in Japanese. All images and content are directly from the Japanese version at the time of publication.