According to recent reports, Apple has been secretly developing AR glasses for over a year, with engineers working in a private location developing and testing different augmented reality headsets notes The Financial Times.
The report claims that Apple has been devoting more resources to its augmented-reality efforts, with the aim of taking it from a science project towards a consumer product. While Apple’s AR glasses probably won’t launch for at least a year, iPhone users may soon experience Apple’s first taste of AR within the iPhone 8 which is said to add object recognition and machine learning to the camera app. – Users will then be able to point the camera at objects to see information about it overlayed on the screen.
Despite Google’s ill-fated attempt to turn smart glasses into a consumer product with Google Glass, Apple seems to be taking AR very seriously, with Bloomberg also reporting that AR glasses are in the work at Apple’s headquarters.
Apple first began to build a team to examine the feasibility of a head-worn device more than a year ago. Now, it is devoting more resources to its augmented-reality efforts, with the aim of taking it from a science project towards a consumer product, according to people familiar with the company’s plans. However, any launch is still at least a year away, perhaps much longer.