As the years go by, the rumors about the Apple mixed reality (VR / AR) glasses. In addition, it is clear that the Cupertino people do not hide their interest in this technology after dedicating multiple efforts in the AR experiences of the iPhone and iPad. Now, The Information reports that the company has taken key steps in the development of the device over the last year, even offering information on how they will work.
According to the aforementioned medium, Apple has already completed the design of the main chip of its glasses VR / AR. However, the SoC will not be up to par with the iPhone processor in terms of capabilities. For example, it won’t be able to process data for artificial intelligence and machine learning on its own. On the iPhone, these tasks depend on the Neural Engine, a component that will not be integrated into the glasses.
However, the above does not mean that the device will not offer complex functions. To fix the missing Neural Engine, the glasses would connect wirelessly to the iPhone. The terminal, of course, will be responsible for processing the most advanced characteristics of the glasses, including everything related to artificial intelligence. Reports from previous years had already anticipated the need to connect both devices.
An interesting point of The Information report is that the glasses could not only connect with the iPhone, also with an iPad or Mac. Remember that the most recent Macs already integrate processors designed by Apple (M1), so they are also ready to take over the processing of the mixed reality device.
On the other hand, a source close to the project assured said medium that Apple also specified the design of the controller for the screen and the image sensor. The latter is described as “unusually large”, almost the size of a spectacle lens. However, there is a reason to justify its size. This component, whose manufacture will be the responsibility of TSMC, will be responsible for “capture high resolution image data from the user’s environment”. So complex is the image sensor that TSMC has had some difficulties in the production of the test units.
When will Apple’s mixed reality glasses come out?
At this time it is difficult to establish when they will reach the market. On the one hand, some reports point to the 2022 to meet the first generation. However, there is also talk of an improved version for 2023. What you can be sure of is that Apple’s mixed reality glasses will not be cheap at all. Last February, The Information itself announced that the price could rise to $ 3,000.