The AR Glasses from Apple: Surprise Release-Date Shift & New Information Emerge
Apple is commonly believed to be designing glasses, possibly called Apple Glasses, with Augmented Reality capabilities. Such glasses are suddenly becoming more real, maybe the most exciting new technology in years, as two different reports this week add to what we know.
Update May 17: Even more information have come to light now. At least, there's a gentle further update to the release date this time, or at least a Jon Prosser explanation. He exclusively announced in his excellent podcast, Recycle Bin, which (confusingly) does not recycle information already released, that he continues to adhere to his 2021 deadline, but with a clause.
It might be that the unveiling will be at WWDC in mid-2021, maybe, but then preceded by an onsale date in 2022. As Prosser points out, there's usually a long delay between the launch of a new product and the release. This is partially to bring developers on board, as he says.
Prosser claims that, for a good reason, the video he has of the Apple Glasses was not published: the color of the prototype he saw might expose which Apple team it came from. But, in order to avoid exposing his source, he'll have to find a way around this, maybe by making it a black-and-white video he puts out.
One more thing: he's sure they will be wondering if the Apple Glasses will come with prescription lenses. It is "a bet that is very, very safe." I am 99.9 percent sure of that.
May 15 update, 12 noon. No sooner had I gone to press, than the second of the two sources in this story, Jon Prosser, had an update. Now, I don't want to ruin the surprise of what he already had to say about the Apple Glasses-his words are one of the most descriptive we've ever heard at the bottom of this post-but he's now added his own thoughts on the release date.
As you can see from the above, in the first surprising update, Kuo had already taken the potential release date forward from Bloomberg's estimate.
Now, Prosser has waded in and has again proposed a very different date in a completely unexpected creation. Kuo is such a revered figure that contradicting him is almost unheard-of for another analyst or tipster. It is slightly surprising for someone to do so. But lately, Prosser has had such an impressive track record and degree of precision, it's worth paying attention to him.
Prosser feels we have a much shorter time to wait (hurrah!) before the Apple Glasses arrive. "His latest tweet acknowledges that he may be out here on his own, saying: "I can't believe I'm going on this one against Kuo... But I think he's wrong." He goes on: "The March-June 2021 goal is Apple Glasses.
Yeah, that changes it all. Suddenly, it seems that Apple Glasses have advanced far more than any other sources believe. It's only a year or even less before the first Apple AR glasses go on sale, if he's right. Of course, things will change before they're actually revealed. There's no official delay without an actual announcement.
And Prosser had to add one more thing: "Also." I saw them. Sleek as hell, they are. "Soon, they'll show you." That's pretty exciting. The long time-frame is because, not to mention costly, the glasses would be hard to produce because there is a multi-layered approach to designing creative user interfaces for the glasses.
If you're frustrated with the prospect of a long wait, well, things are probably better than you think: Mark Gurman of Bloomberg said earlier that the release date is likely to be some time in 2023, so maybe Kuo has just saved us all year round.
And there's Jon Prosser, then. In two different broadcasts, Prosser speaks about what he knows. One was on Gadget Cast last month, where he spoke of Apple Glasses as the future. While everybody focuses on the future of the glass puck in our hands, such as a phone or tablet, "That's not the future at all." So you end up with wearables if you want to look further forward. And, of course, Apple Glasses qualify as wearable.
"Prosser said, "There are several prototypes of AR glasses that are supposed to be obsolete [meaning they should be destroyed] and I'm working on making a video that really works.
"He even revealed a cute little exclusive nugget, as he usually does: "You know how the UI on the iPhone is called the Springboard? Starboard is called the UI on the AR glasses. There you are going.
Then, in the last couple of days of another broadcast, Painfully Honest Tech, he was asked what Apple Glasses would look like.
They look like normal glasses, which I really think is cooler than if they were made to look futuristic. I'm not saying they're going to come out in these colors, but I saw them in black and white, the prototype I saw. And they don't look on your face like a machine.
There's a long way to go in this story, but as new details appear, I'll cover them.