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Is Ap­ple work­ing on VR iGlasses?

Mac Format - - CONTENTS - Edited by gra­ham bar­low

With macOS High Sierra ad­ding sup­port for ex­ter­nal GPUs and vir­tual re­al­ity head­sets, like Valve’s SteamVR and the HTC Vive VR head­set, many are spec­u­lat­ing that Ap­ple is in the process of de­vel­op­ing its own vir­tual realty head­set.

Vir­tual re­al­ity cre­ates a whole world to oc­cupy, in con­trast to aug­mented re­al­ity which over­lays in­for­ma­tion on top of the world around us. It’s ru­moured that Ap­ple has a team of de­vel­op­ers work­ing on the project in se­cret. The fact that Ap­ple has been hir­ing more vir­tual re­al­ity engi­neers and keeps ac­quir­ing AR/VR com­pa­nies is fu­elling spec­u­la­tion fur­ther.

An­other pop­u­lar ru­mour is that Ap­ple is de­vel­op­ing a set of AR glasses that aug­ment the iPhone in a sim­i­lar way to the Ap­ple Watch, giving you no­ti­fi­ca­tions and, again, over­lay­ing in­for­ma­tion on top of the world around you.

1 Batte ry

Jo says… Both VR and AR mess with my head. I still can’t get over the AR demo of The Ma­chines at the Ap­ple Event!

Cre­at­ing a pair of VR glasses that have long enough bat­tery life is per­haps the main tech­ni­cal hur­dle to over­come.

2 cam­era

The ‘iGlasses’ could in­clude a cam­era in the de­sign, but there are pri­vacy is­sues to con­tend with.

3 CarPlay

It’s pos­si­ble that Ap­ple will in­cor­po­rate aug­mented re­al­ity glasses into its CarPlay heads-up dis­play.

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