Apple is said to release an AR headset in 2022 and a smaller pair of AR glasses by 2023

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According to a report from The Information, Apple is indeed preparing to launch an AR headset. During an internal presentation at the Steve Jobs Theater, company executives outlined plans to release the first headset in 2022, followed by a smaller pair of AR glasses in 2023.

Earlier reports have pegged the official reveal of Apple's first AR headset for 2020, with production to start by the end of the year. However, Apple AR and VR boss Mike Rockwell, who held the meeting at Apple Park, told his team that it was important to get the technology right before rushing it to market.

Presumably, the company also wants to avoid promising things that it won't eventually release, like it did with AirPower. The first AR headset - codenamed N301 - is said to draw some cues from the design of Facebook's Oculus Quest, while being able to easily switch between AR and VR mode. In typical Apple fashion, the company is also exploring a number of lightweight materials to create a device that people will comfortably wear for several hours at a time.

The AR glasses are part of an even more ambitious project. These will be made so that people could wear them throughout the day, and the current prototypes are said to look like bulkier versions of Spectacles. Interestingly, the company wants to design these using electrochromic lenses that darken when used so that others know the user is busy.

It's also worth noting the report mentions the impressive size of Apple's AR team, which seems to indicate that Apple is ready to place a bet on the technology as the next big platform for digital experiences. After all, Tim Cook believes AR will be at least as big as smartphones, and executives at the meeting reportedly expressed similar views.

In the meantime, the AR landscape is mostly filled with companies looking to break into professional niches. Microsoft has the HoloLens that will be used by the military, Google has its Google Glass Enterprise Edition, and even Facebook is cooking something similar, codenamed Orion, in its labs. There are also companies like Intel that have given up on interesting projects like the Vaunt smart glasses.

Image credit: Concept by Taeyeon Kim

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umbala

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Apple isn't going to release no AR headset in 2022. What they're going to do is wait and watch everyone else to see if the whole AR thing catches on, and THEN they'll release an AR headset. They like to pretend like they're innovators, but really they just copy others and then act like they invented the whole thing.
 

Evernessince

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Apple isn't going to release no AR headset in 2022. What they're going to do is wait and watch everyone else to see if the whole AR thing catches on, and THEN they'll release an AR headset. They like to pretend like they're innovators, but really they just copy others and then act like they invented the whole thing.
I'm no fan of Apple but I'd say it's entirely possible. There have already been a few AR headsets released, mostly targeted at business. Apple was the company that popularized the smartphone.
 
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ZedRM

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If they look like that, no thank you. I have no desire to run around looking a reject from an Elton John concert.
 

onestepforward

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Apple isn't going to release no AR headset in 2022. What they're going to do is wait and watch everyone else to see if the whole AR thing catches on, and THEN they'll release an AR headset. They like to pretend like they're innovators, but really they just copy others and then act like they invented the whole thing.
If Apple do anything, it's that they watch other companies screw-up good tech ideas and then they fix it!
 

Joe Pineapples

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I imagine in 10 - 15 years couples will be wearing these whilst having intercourse; the AR glases will have the abilty to convey the fully fleshed reproduction of a pornstar's image and body projected over the body of each partner as the get it on, or it will have a engaging virtual interactive porn options for the solo flyer. Of all the leaps in amazing technology and the great things AR will be able to do and how far it will elevate us as a species, this will be the defining charateristic that will make it sell!! Hah ha! I jest, or do I?
 

ZedRM

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I imagine in 10 - 15 years couples will be wearing these whilst having intercourse; the AR glasses will have the ability to convey the fully fleshed reproduction of a pornstar's image and body projected over the body of each partner as the get it on, or it will have a engaging virtual interactive porn options for the solo flyer. Of all the leaps in amazing technology and the great things AR will be able to do and how far it will elevate us as a species, this will be the defining characteristic that will make it sell!! Hah ha! I jest, or do I?
Eww?

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Ravalo

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I imagine in 10 - 15 years couples will be wearing these whilst having intercourse; the AR glases will have the abilty to convey the fully fleshed reproduction of a pornstar's image and body projected over the body of each partner as the get it on, or it will have a engaging virtual interactive porn options for the solo flyer. Of all the leaps in amazing technology and the great things AR will be able to do and how far it will elevate us as a species, this will be the defining charateristic that will make it sell!! Hah ha! I jest, or do I?
this made me think if feminists are right with the “men only think about sex” thing (im a guy btw)