Ready For iGlass? Apple’s AR Glasses May Be Here Next Year
Wearable tech is one of those concepts that starts a lot of conversation, but has seen relatively limited success. For example, Google Glass looks like something out of a sci-fi movie and certainly captured the public’s imagination when it was launched. However, it’s high price point and limited use meant that it failed to capture a market share. Since Google’s failed experiment, wearable tech has mostly fallen by the wayside, but there are rumors that Apple is planning on revamping the concept.
According to sources who spoke to the Financial Times, the tech giant is currently working on developing their own augmented reality glasses. Apple has been working on the project for some time, but recent reports indicate that they have allocated more resources to the project. In fact, the AR glasses are reportedly being prioritized ahead of Apple’s self-driving car, Project Titan. Between this and Blizzard’s failed MMO, we’re starting to think it’s time for tech companies to retire the “Titan” code name.
The Financial Times‘ sources claim that Apple has recently several advances in terms of the technology behind AR glasses, but an official launch is still a long way off. Most estimates say that Apple’s new AR glasses won’t be available for at least a year and that is an optimistic timetable.
In addition to Apple, social media giant Facebook is also allegedly working on developing their own set of AR glasses. However, Facebook’s glasses are even further from launch as it has been reported that Mark Zuckerberg wants the tech to be small enough that they can be worn anywhere.
That being said, there is hope that we will see a new set of AR glasses by the end of the year. There are rumors that Magic Leap will launch sometime before the year’s end though we don’t have an official date or price point.
As interesting as this tech is, the real test for Apple or any of these other companies will be the price point. The main reason Google Glass failed with consumers was the simple fact that they were too expensive. Not many people are willing to spend $1,500 on tech that they don’t really need.
Eric is an avid tech junkie, gamer, and comic fan. When he's not working on his PC, you'll find him at your local comic book shop.