Apple to call AR glasses ‘Apple Glass’, priced at $499
Apple has long been rumored to be secretly developing all-new augmented reality glasses, with a slow trickle of information leaking from Apple over recent years. Now, profound leaker Jon Prosser has shared what, if true, could be the biggest “Apple Glass” leak to date.
In a new video shared today, Prosser claims Apple’s augmented reality glasses will be called “Apple Glass”, priced from $499 with the option to use prescription lenses. According to the leaker, the eyewear was originally set to be announced as a “one more thing”-style announcement planned for the fourth quarter of 2020 or the first quarter of 2021 — but the coronavirus pandemic may force Apple to delay that.
Prosser claims he has seen an early prototype of Apple Glass and he intends to share a video of the internal prototype after consulting with a legal team. The model he saw allegedly had plastic frames, but metal may be used on the finished product.
The prototype is said to have a LiDAR sensor, similar to that on Apple’s latest iPad Pro, on the right-hand side of the frames, but there are no other cameras in the prototype.
The glasses are said to come with a plastic stand for wireless charging and will run a user interface called “Starboard” that will display information on both lenses, and the user interface can be controlled both on, and in front of the device with user gestures.
Prosser also believes that the devices can scan proprietary QR codes. Like the original Apple Watch, Apple Glass is expected to process all data wirelessly to a user’s connected iPhone.
Apple is expected to release the eyewear up to a year after announcing it, meaning we may not see the glasses available to purchase until late 2021 or early 2022.
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