What you need to know
- Bloomberg has published an extensive report in Apple's plans for AR and Glasses.
- Mark Gurman says Apple is working on two different devices.
- One is an AR headset that could be announced next year, the other is a pair of lightweight glasses coming 2023 at the earliest.
Bloomberg's Mark Gurman has published an in-depth report regarding the alleged details of Apple's roadmap for its AR and VR products.
In a new report, Gurman says Apple has been working on two products for some time:
Gurman says that the former device (N301) is less technologically ambitious than it was originally meant to be due to a standoff between the development team and apple's former design chief Jony Ive:
N301 reportedly looks like a smaller Oculus Quest and will have its own App Store focused on gaming, Siri support, and more.
Gurman also briefly mentions that Apple's AR glasses will be released "by 2023 at the earliest." This is of course in direct contrast to rumors from Jon Prosser who has suggested that Apple could announce Apple Glass as early as later this year, with a public release next year in Q4, or Q1 2022. There's been plenty of Twitter back-and-forth regarding the veracity of these reports. Regardless, we definitely know Apple is working on an AR/VR project, as well as a lightweight set of glasses. Who knows when we'll get to see either.
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