Apple's AR glasses go on sale in a few months

Apple management seems to be looking for new growth areas, as the smartphone and tablet market has become

dense forest of competitors.Of course, the corporation has a service business, and it still provides a stable profit, but nothing more, but it needs to grow, and preferably on the iron front. The next device will most likely be AR glasses. Apple's interest in this segment has been growing for several years, and if previously it was a niche for geeks, since there was very little practical application, now the power of mobile systems has increased significantly, which has made it possible to create compact wearable devices with AR technologies.

Debut preparation

Although the company is not tooextends to their plans in this direction, buying profile start-ups, as well as a set of experts in the field of VR and AR, indirectly confirms that active preparation is underway to enter the global market. Yes, Cook himself recently very enthusiastically spoke about the prospects for augmented reality. However, many experts are extremely skeptical about the release of a really mature product, the technology, in their opinion, is not yet sufficiently polished for true smart glasses.

But is it so long to wait? Here Chi Kuo, who is a very well-known analyst, is sure that Apple’s first AR device will be put on the conveyor in the second quarter of next year. And this, he said, is the latest term, since there are prerequisites that production will begin even this year.

VR - niche, AR - mass technology

At first, when technology was bornvirtual worlds, most people did not distinguish what VR is and how it differs from AR, the first people immerse a person completely into virtual reality, that is, into a fictional world. These headsets are not very common, and the concept itself suggests that such gadgets can be used only in special rooms. With augmented reality, everything is much more interesting. It can be used everywhere, at home, in the office, at enterprises, in transport, aviation, just on the street, on a journey, or in school. In general, AR has a much more promising future than VR, and Apple agrees with Facebook on this.

What is remarkable, judging by the leaks and the words of Kuo,Apple will not make stand-alone glasses, but connect via cable to the iPhone. If this is the case, and the glasses will use the power of the smartphone, then the appearance of this product is not such a distant prospect. Points will be compact, lightweight, without a processor and other components that provide data processing. There, even the GPS sensor does not need to be installed, and other components that are installed in stand-alone headsets. If they do the same, but with a wireless connection, it will be more interesting. The glasses will have their own displays, as well as various sensors and scanners. In general, we are waiting for a rather attractive device, a better Gear VR from Samsung, which uses the display of the smartphone.

Prices

Separate stand-alone headsets require powerfuliron and other complex components, they are quite expensive today. It is cheaper to produce AR-glasses that will interact with the smartphone, drawing from there the main performance. That is why the Apple device will be significantly cheaper than the same Google Glass, and even more so the business version of HoloLens 2 from Microsoft with a price tag of 3.5 thousand dollars. In any case, so far no one really knows what practical use such glasses will have, which Apple will invest in their functions.

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