Apple Glasses: Everything we’ve heard so far

The popular Apple Glasses still remain a bit of a mystery, as there have been very few solid leaks or rumors surrounding a pair of augmented reality smart glasses that the company is supposed to be preparing.

We had expected Apple Glasses (also called Apple Glass by some tech insiders) to arrive sooner rather than later. But it’s looking increasingly likely that we’ll have at least another two years to wait before they’re revealed. It seems more plausible that the Apple AR/VR headset will launch first.

Apple Glasses could run on a proprietary operating system discovered in the final version of iOS 13, although we like the glassOS name. The augmented reality framework appears several times in code and text documents, which means that Apple is probably testing the activation and application to some extent. Anyway, that’s what it will take for me to wear Apple Glasses

Here’s everything we know about Apple Glasses, including potential release date, price, design, and specs.

Apple glass concept

Latest news on Apple Glasses (updated April 19)

  • The race for AR glasses could heat up, with Facebook and Amazon said to be working on something to rival Apple glasses
  • Could Apple Glasses make an appearance at Apple’s March 8 event? A teaser from Greg Joswiak hints that something AR-centric will.
  • Apple may be working on “realityOS,” a custom operating system for its future AR and VR gadgets.
  • Tim Cook has teased Apple’s future AR plans, promising the company is investing in the area. This isn’t a confirmation, but it does suggest that Apple has plans for more AR Spaces beyond what’s currently available on iOS.

Apple Glasses Release Date Rumors

Apple VR and mixed reality headset vs. Apple Glasses

In addition to Apple Glass, the Apple VR and mixed reality headset is also in the works and could be less complex and closer to launch.

The Apple VR and mixed reality headset would feature ultra-high resolution displays and a cinematic speaker system that should enable lifelike viewing experiences, according to people who have seen prototypes.

Those sources also said the headset looks like a thinner, fabric-wrapped Oculus Quest, but the design isn’t final as the company continues to test to determine the ideal fit for most head shapes.

There’s no word on the price, although we don’t expect it to be cheap. The Quest starts at $399, while HTC’s Vive costs $799 and Microsoft’s HoloLens 2 costs $3,500. Reports claim that Apple’s headset could cost between $1,000 and $3,000 when it launches.

Like its competitors, the Apple VR and mixed reality headset would benefit from its own App Store, where users can access gaming, video streaming and communication software. Voice assistant Siri will be responsible for controlling the headphones, although a physical remote and body-tracking controls will also be tested.

As for a potential release date, the VR headset is expected to debut next year and release in mid-2022.

Something could also debut at Apple’s March 8 event, if a teaser from Apple’s Greg Joswiak is anything to go by. But whether it’s Apple Glasses, the long-talked-about VR/AR headset, or something else is unclear.

Apple Glasses Price

According to Prosser, Apple Glasses are currently priced at $499, plus prescription fees. Now, that might seem weak, especially compared to competing augmented reality headsets like the Microsoft Hololens 2.

Hololens 2 has a price tag of $3,500, but much of its cost comes from the fact that all of the electronics needed to run the AR experience are built into the headset.

Apple Glass will instead rely on a companion iPhone for processing, so it will have far fewer parts and complexity than Hololens. It’ll work more like the Vuzix Blade smart glasses, which have a built-in camera and Alexa integration.

Still, Vuzix Blade starts at $799. Apple’s entry point is significantly more accessible, costing as much as some of its more capable smartwatches.

Apple Glasses Features: What They’ll Actually Do

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Apple also has plans for third-party apps and is considering a dedicated app store, similar to how you get apps for the Apple TV and Apple Watch.

Additionally, a patent granted to Apple has further fueled the rumor that Apple Glass won’t need corrective lenses because the smart glasses will automatically adjust for visually impaired people using an “optical subassembly.” However, this patent could be for a standalone VR headset powered by a second-generation Apple smartphone or pair of smart glasses.

apple glasses retinal projection patent images

(Image credit: Apple/USPTO)

A more recent patent also suggests that Apple could use a projection-based system that projects images directly into the user’s eye. This way, Apple would avoid the need for any type of transparent display.

The beam would probably be able to ensure that the image always stays sharp, avoiding the problem of screens that double as prescription lenses. Presumably, however, the frames could still serve as regular prescription glasses for those who need them.

The patent also claims that it avoids many pitfalls people can encounter in VR and AR. Apple explains that some problems, including headaches, nausea, and eye strain, arise because the brain tries to focus on objects in the distance, when in reality they’re on a screen less than a mile away. thumb in front of the eyes. Since the retinal projection better mimics how the eyes absorb light, these problems can be avoided.

A patent for chroma keying on Apple Glass

Patent showing how Apple Glass could zoom in on things while virtually mapping

Apple smart ring patent

A possible use of Apple glasses shown in a patent application

(Image credit: USPTO)

Another recent patent from Apple mentions “privacy glasses”, which would allude to a form of smart glasses, possibly the Apple Glasses, and how they could be used to keep what’s on the screen private. from an iPhone.

The idea here is that an iPhone’s display would be blurry and clearly visible only through the pair of Apple smart glasses; see patent image above.

Apple glasses design

Apple Glasses Specifications

There are no known specs on the Apple Glass yet, but we can speculate based on what we know about current technology. For example, it will have at least the same field of view (52 degrees) and resolution (47 ppi) as the Hololens 2.

If Apple is aiming to create a true augmented reality solution – as opposed to a heads-up display that shows 2D floating notifications or maps, like Google Glass – it’s reasonable to expect Apple Glasses to connect directly to the iPhone over a dedicated Wi-Fi link.

If the iPhone needs to process all of the video captured by the glasses cameras and send the 3D imagery back to the glasses at a very high frame rate (a minimum of 60Hz, with 120Hz refresh being optimal), it will require much higher bandwidth than Bluetooth can provide.

When it comes to battery life, we can also expect a minimum of three hours if Apple wants to be competitive, although we can assume people will be more lenient about this – especially if Apple provides some sort of of wireless charging glasses case which can prolong its working. time throughout the day like with the Apple AirPods.

Apple Eyewear Privacy and Patents

Rendering of Apple Glasses

Apple Reality GlassesOS

A whole new device form factor requires a modified operating system, and it looks like that’s what Apple will provide, referring to “realityOS” in App Store download logs by developers at eagle eyes.

There isn’t much information about this potential software, but it would make sense for Apple to offer a custom operating system for its VR and AR gadgets. We would hazard a guess that such an operating system would have more in common with iOS than with macOS.

Apple Glasses Wishlist: What We Want

(Image credit: Martin Hajek/iDropnews)

Glasses that look like glasses: We would like natural looking glasses, like the ones in the concepts you see on this page. I’m sure Apple wants the same. No one wants AR glasses that look like geek clothes.

Full 3D AR: Some people would just like a heads-up display, but the real power of AR comes from full 3D integration. For Apple Glasses to be successful, you need to be able to run any iOS AR app that currently works on the iPhone through the wearable device.

At least 8 hours of battery life: Assuming you’re not running 3D AR apps all the time and periodically checking notifications and 2D apps in between, Apple should be able to find a way to make Apple Glasses last for a workday average, although this does not occur in the first generation.

Here’s everything I’ll need to wear Apple Glasses.

We’ll continue to update this page as new Apple Glasses rumors and leaks come out. Be sure to bookmark and come back.


More information about Apple Glasses: Everything we’ve heard so far

The much-rumored Apple Glasses still remain somewhat of a mystery, as there have been precious few solid leaks or rumored around a pair of augmented reality smart glasses the company is supposedly cooking up. 
We had thought the Apple Glasses (also referred to as Apple Glass by some tech insiders) would be coming sooner rather than later. But it’s looking ever more likely that we will still have at least a couple of years to wait before they are revealed. It seems more plausible the Apple AR/VR headset would launch first.
Apple Glasses could run on a proprietary operating system uncovered in the final version of iOS 13, though we like the name glassOS. The augmented reality framework shows up multiple times in code and text documents, meaning Apple is likely testing activation and application in some capacity. Either way, this is what it’ll take for me to wear Apple Glasses 
Here’s everything else we know about Apple Glasses, including the potential release date, price, design and specs.

Latest Apple Glasses news (updated April 19)
The AR Glasses race could be heating up, with Facebook and Amazon rumored to be working on something to rival Apple Glasses
Could Apple Glasses make an appearance at the March 8 Apple Event? A teaser from Greg Joswiak hints that something AR-centric will.
Apple could be working on ‘realityOS’ a custom operating system for its future AR and VR gadgets. 
Tim Cook has teased Apple’s future AR plans, promising the company is investing in the area. It’s not confirmation, but this does suggest Apple has plans for more AR spaces beyond what’s currently available on iOS.
Apple Glasses release date rumors

Apple VR and mixed reality headset vs. Apple Glasses
In addition to Apple Glass, the Apple VR and mixed reality headset is also in the works, and could be less complex and closer to launch. 
The Apple VR and mixed reality headset reportedly features ultra-high-resolution screens and a cinematic speaker system that should enable realistic visual experiences, according to people who have seen prototypes. 
Those sources also said the headset looks like a slimmer, fabric-swathed, Oculus Quest, but the design isn’t final as the company continues testing to determine the ideal fit for most head shapes.
There’s no word on price, though we don’t expect it to be cheap. The Quest starts at $399, while HTC’s Vive costs $799 and Microsoft’s HoloLens 2 is a whopping $3,500. Reports claim Apple’s headset could be between $1,000 and $3,000 when it launches.
Like its competitors, the Apple VR and mixed reality headset will reportedly benefit from its own App Store, where users can access gaming, video streaming and communications software. Voice assistant Siri will be tasked with controlling the headset, though a physical remote and body tracking controls are reportedly being tested as well.
As for a potential release date, the VR headset is on pace to debut next year and be released in mid-2022. 
Something may also debut at the March 8 Apple Event, if a teaser from Apple’s Greg Joswiak is anything to go by. But whether it’s Apple Glasses, the long-rumored VR/AR headset, or something else entirely isn’t clear.
Apple Glasses price
According to Prosser the Apple Glasses are currently priced at $499, plus prescription fees. Now that may seem low, especially compared to competing augmented reality headsets like the Microsoft Hololens 2. 
Hololens 2 has a price tag of $3,500 but a big part of of its cost comes from having all the electronics needed to run the AR experience built into the headset. 
Apple Glass, rather, will rely on a companion iPhone for processing, so it will have significantly less parts and complexity than Hololens. It’ll work more like the Vuzix Blade smart glasses, which have a built-in camera and Alexa integration.
Still, Vuzix Blade starts at $799. Apple’s entry point is significantly more accessible, costing as much as some of it’s top-specced smartwatches.
Apple Glasses features: What they’ll actually do

Apple also has plans for third-party apps, and is considering a dedicated app store, similar to how you get apps for the Apple TV and Apple Watch.
Furthermore, a patent granted to Apple has further fuelled the rumor that Apple Glass won’t need prescription lenses as the smartglasses will automatically adjust for people with poor eyesight using an “optical subassembley”. However, this patent could be for a standalone smartphone-powered VR headset or a second-generation pair of Apple smartglasses. 

(Image credit: Apple/USPTO)
A more recent patent also suggests that Apple may employ a projection-based system that beams images directly into the user’s eye. This way Apple would skip the need for any sort of transparent display. 
The beam would likely be able to ensure the image always stays in focus too, avoiding the issue of displays that also double as prescription lenses. Presumably, however, the frames would still be able to double as regular prescription glasses for those that need them.
The patent also claims that this avoids a lot of the pitfalls people may suffer in VR and AR. Apple explains that some issues, including headaches, nausea, and eye strain occur because the brain it trying to focus on objects in the distance, when the reality is they’re on a display less than an inch in front of the eyes. Because retinal projection better mimics how the eyes take in light anyway, these problems can be avoided.

(Image credit: USPTO)
Another recent Apple patent makes mention of “privacy eyewear,”  which would hint at a form of smart glasses, possibly the Apple Glasses, and how they could be used to keep what’s on an iPhone’s display private. 
The idea here is that an iPhone’s display would be blurred and only clearly visible through the pair of Apple smart glasses; see the patent image above. 
Apple Glasses design

Apple Glasses specs
There’s no known specs about the Apple Glass yet, but we can speculate based on what we know about the current tech. For example, it will at least have the same field of view (52-degrees) and resolution (47 ppi) as the Hololens 2.
If Apple aims to create a true augmented reality solution — as opposed to a heads-up display that shows 2D floating notifications or maps, like Google Glass — it’s reasonable to expect the Apple Glasses to connect directly to the iPhone on a dedicated Wi-Fi connection.
If the iPhone has to process all the video captured by the glasses’ cameras and send back the 3D imagery to the glasses at a very high frame per second rate (a bare minimum of 60Hz, with a 120Hz refresh being optimal), it will require a much higher bandwidth than what Bluetooth can provide. 
As for battery life, we can also expect a minimum of three hours if Apple wants to be competitive although we can assume that people will be more forgiving about this — especially if Apple provides with some kind of wireless charging glasses case that can extend its operative time through the day like with the Apple AirPods.
Apple Glasses privacy and patents

Apple Glasses realityOS
A whole new device form factor requires a tweaked operating system, and it looks like that’s what Apple will be providing, with reference to “realityOS” in App Store upload logs by eagle-eyed developers. 
There’s not much information on this potential software, but it would make sense for Apple to come up with a custom OS for it’s VR and AR gadgets. We’d hazard a guess that such an operating system would have more in common with iOS than macOS. 
Apple Glasses wish list: What we want

(Image credit: Martin Hajek/iDropnews)
Glasses that look like glasses: We would like some natural looking glasses, like the ones in the concepts that you see on this page. I’m sure that Apple wants the same thing. No one wants AR glasses that look like geek-wear.
AR in full 3D: Some people would like just a heads-up display, but the true power of AR comes from full 3D integration. For Apple Glasses to be successful, you should be able to run any iOS AR app that currently works on the iPhone through the wearable device.
At least 8 hours of battery life: Assuming you’re not running 3D AR apps all of the time and are periodically looking at notifications and 2D apps in between, Apple should be able to find a way to make Apple Glasses last through an average workday, though it may not happen in the first generation.
Here’s everything else it’ll take for me to wear Apple Glasses.
We will keep updating this page as more Apple Glasses rumors and leaks come out. Make sure to bookmark and come back.

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