Augmented reality is Apple’s next step along with artificial intelligence. However, we have never had a specific release date, until now. According to Mark Gurman on Bloomberg, Apple will add augmented reality to the iPhone next year, and who knows, maybe augmented reality glasses will finally arrive after that.
Apparently, Apple has a secret team in charge of developing this technology for the company. Its members include both veterans of Apple’s software and hardware and experts in augmented reality. All are led by former Dolby Laboratories executive Mike Rockwell and include engineers who worked on Facebook’s Oculus and Microsoft’s HoloLens as well as Hollywood’s digital effects assistants.
One of the features that Apple’s augmented reality will bring is the possibility for the user to take a picture and then change the depth of specific objects within the picture. It will also be possible to isolate an object from the image and tilt it as indicated in the report.
Unlike other virtual reality glasses, Apple will not seek to envelop the user in a virtual parallel world . Apple seeks to play with augmented reality, that is, to superimpose objects, images, videos and games in the real world, something similar to what Microsoft’s HoloLens does.
For all this, either will obviously require a new operating system running on Apple’s augmented reality (AROS?) glasses plus a dedicated chip as counted by AirPods or Apple Watch. Either way, they will connect to the iPhone for most functions, similar to the way AirPods or the Apple Watch do.
When will we see all this? Possibly in at least two years , because as the report indicates, augmented reality will first arrive on the iPhone and then on a pair of glasses of its own. Where Google Glasses did not succeed, where HoloLens does not reach, is where Apple bets. Tim Cook has said it more than once, augmented reality is incredible, and in the future it will be part of us.