The long-awaited Apple optical venture may have just hit the internet, weeks before the tech-giant had initially planned. Front Page Tech host and well-known Apple leaker John Prosser on Tuesday shared several photos of what appears to be Apple’s rumoured augmented reality glasses. In addition to the first images, Prosser’s reveal also detailed the name, price and prescription lens options.
According to Prosser’s leak, the new tech will be called ‘Apple Glass’, confirming suspicions made earlier this year. Further, the new information suggests the augmented reality glasses will start at USD$499, with the option for prescription lenses at an additional cost. The Apple Glass will work by pairing with an iPhone and is controlled by gestures on and in front of the glasses. Both lenses will reportedly have displays, backed up by a wirelessly charged Lidar sensor in the frames. Interestingly enough, the glasses won’t feature a camera, making them appear more streamlined and similar to a generic pair of spectacles.
According to Prosser, Apple planned to unveil the glasses as a ‘One More Thing’ surprise at its iPhone event this fall, however, the restrictions on in-person gatherings could push the event back as far as March 2021. Further, the Apple Glass will reportedly be available for release in late 2021 to early 2022.
The Apple Glass leak is big news. It confirms past reports from Apple CEO Tim Cook who noted the company was preparing for a big future in AR technology. Earlier this month, Apple purchased NextVR, a virtual reality streaming company best-known for its sports streaming and headset work with the NBA and Wimbledon. Apple is also reportedly working on a wireless headset for both AR and VR that was slated for release this year, but once again, was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
While the latest leak from Prosser marks a significant step forward in Apple’s growth as an AR and VR powerhouse, the company has yet to confirm anything. At the moment, it’s all speculation, but Apple fans are quietly optimistic the leak is accurate, and who are we to remove the rose-coloured (Apple) glasses?