YouTuber and increasingly reputable leaker Jon Prosser has just published a video in which he offers many details of Apple’s augmented reality glasses project, including price, features, release date, some specifications and information on the design.
The leaker has emphasized several times that he has only been able to see a prototype and that some aspects of the product may change when it is launched, something that is still a long way off. In any case, this is the most complete set of leaks to date regarding one of Apple’s most mysterious projects.
We start at the beginning. Who is this guy from the video? Can we trust him?
It is Jon prosser, a YouTuber and tech analyst who recently got into the world of Apple leaks recently, but was well known before for his leaks of other tech companies.
He rose to fame especially when, last March, he rightly predicted that the launch of the iPhone SE would occur in April. This was followed by some incredibly detailed information on the 13 ”MacBook Pro, so we think it’s reliable.
When do you say that Apple’s augmented reality glasses will go on sale?
Apple would be thinking of announcing the AR glasses during the fourth quarter of 2020 or during the first quarter of 2021 (in any case, very soon), ideally coinciding with the launch of the iPhone 12 in September or October.
Prosser believes that he will be positioned as the “last thing before finishing” at the end of the keynote, very Steve Jobs style. Apple would like the media to be present at the announcement, so perhaps its arrival will be linked to how the coronavirus situation progresses. If in autumn it is not possible, then it will be in March 2021.
In any case, the glasses will not be on sale until much later: fourth quarter of 2021 or first quarter of 2022. It is not known if there will be a beta version or a limited availability program before, as happened with Google Glass.
Keep in mind that, although Prosser has admitted to disagreeing with Ming-Chi Kuo, their calendar is quite similar. The only thing is that prosser adds a filing date one year before its release.
Google Glass cost € 1,500, so they will also be expensive.
To be honest, the price of Google Glass dropped after a while. In any case, Apple’s augmented reality glasses should be quite a bit cheaper. According to Prosser, they would cost $ 499 plus any extra costs if graduation is required.
What they will be called has not yet been mentioned. Will they be called Apple Glasses?
Oops, almost: Apple Glass.
Are they made of glass?
Surely the lenses do, although some glasses use plastic. Now the prototype mount Prosser saw was definitely plastic. Note that this may change in the future and become metal.
In terms of design, we should ignore some of the conceptual illustrations out there. They should look as much like normal glasses as possible, with a discrete LiDAR sensor on each side.
This goes against Apple’s pro-privacy stance, right? There were complaints about Google Glass recording third parties.
This is the reason that would explain that (for now) there is only one LiDAR sensor, which will focus on offering augmented reality functionalities. The Apple Glass, for the moment, would not have any traditional camera. It may change.
What software Will they use Apple Glass? IOS?
I can’t imagine how that could work. Currently, its user interface is called Starboard. Instead, the iOS UI is called Springboard.
Now, the glasses will be very connected with iOS. All data will be processed on a linked iPhone.
So the glasses can also be controlled through the iPhone?
No, they will work with gesture controls, both on the device (swipe and tap on the mount, we assume) and in front of your face (which you can see and interpret).
What will the battery be like?
We do not know that, but we do know that they will be able to be charged wirelessly in a small plastic holder.
Can they be bought as sunglasses?
No, apparently Apple screens don’t work on tinted lenses. Perhaps this will change with the second generation.
Where can you read more information about Apple’s augmented reality glasses?
You can read our article on rumors of Apple’s AR glasses.
Original article published in Macworld UK.