Developers and scientists of today still haven’t quite figured out how to make teleportation possible like in the movies, but augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) technology brings us pretty close.
A lot of VR and AR headsets have already hit the market. Tech giant Apple, for instance, has been working on combined AR and VR wearables over the past few years. There have even been rumors that Apple has a secret research unit dedicated to developing its AR and VR technology and finding out ways to incorporate it into future Apple offerings. Going by the rapid technological advancements of recent years, it doesn’t seem far-fetched. According to recent reports, it seems that Apple will be launching a VR product of its own very soon.
Early this year, Bloomberg released a report about Apple’s first headset, saying that it will be a “niche precursor” to what will eventually be AR glasses. As is the case for other Apple products, the VR headset is pegged to be pricey—reportedly costing around $700, and it can still go higher.
This VR headset will serve as the base for a “more ambitious augmented reality product that will take longer to develop”—so we can expect that after the initial products have been launched and developed, Apple will be coming out with its own take on AR glasses.
The in-progress VR headset was given the codename “N301,” and reports are saying that it will be using some of Apple’s most advanced technology and will be showcasing displays that are more high-quality than what we have typically seen in other VR products. It is also rumored to be equipped with its own fan to keep the system cool.
As for the VR glasses’ other features, we will have to wait for new reports and releases from Apple. However, it doesn’t seem like we’ll be waiting too long.
In fact, Apple is estimating the release date for the VR glasses to be “no later than 2022.” With a release date like that, it seems that Apple is now racing to develop their VR product to compete with other tech giants who are working on their own VR lineups.
Facebook announced last year that it was developing its own AR and VR products. The company is also set to release their collaboration with Essilor Luxottica, the owners of Ray-Ban, for a pair of smart glasses this year. According to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, these aren’t AR glasses yet, but they will pave the way for Facebook’s AR glasses in the future.
Apple’s VR headset will also be up against Sony’s PlayStation VR and HTC’s VR products, which also sound promising. At this point, it’s just a waiting game to see which tech company would be able to pull off the best VR gadget, and we couldn’t be more excited!
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