Earlier today, we published information about possible launches (a headset augmented reality and an “Apple Glass”) from Apple for 2022 and 2023, shared by the website The Information. Now, Mark Gurman (from Bloomberg) came to complement this information with more news.
According to the boy (who has great sources within the company), Apple really has plans to launch a device focused on augmented / virtual reality (with a lot of focus on games, videos and virtual meetings) in 2022; time later, the idea would be to launch the rumored glasses.
Still according to him, the company’s plan was originally to have the technology ready in 2019 to be launched in 2020, but it recently decided to postpone those plans.
All of these releases revolve around a new 3D sensor system, which has been in development for years. It is a more advanced version of Face ID that we know so much.
And when we say “launches”, we are not just referring to this headset and possible glasses (known as “Apple Glass”): in early 2020, Apple wants to launch a new iPad Pro that will feature a new camera module composed of two sensors. In addition to the cameras, the tablet would also have a 3D system, allowing people to create three-dimensional reconstructions of rooms, objects and even people. The idea would also be to place this sensor in the iPhones of 2020, which have everything to come with support for 5G networks.
Engineers working directly with the iPad and iPhone have already started to optimize applications and software resources for a new operating system internally called “rOS”, which will allow current devices to work with future ones headsets and glasses.
Currently, according to Gurman, there are about 1,000 engineers working on Apple’s AR and VR initiatives, all led by the vice president Mike Rockwell. This multidisciplinary team is part of Apple’s hardware engineering division, but has its own leadership with executives who have worked on projects involving games, iPhones, software and production. The team also features former NASA engineers, former game developers and graphics experts, and is located in an undefined area of Sunnyvale (just minutes from Apple’s headquarters in Cupertino).
The headsets and glasses, when launched, will be part of Apple’s “Wearable” category, which just keeps growing and breaking records – due to the success of the Apple Watch, AirPods and headphones from Apple’s subsidiary Beats.