If you wear glasses all the time, you know that fingerprint, dust and condensation may smudge the lenses. It’s an annoying that we must accept in daily life. Recent reports say that Apple may find a way to solve this problem and the technology will be available for the Apple Glass. Obviously, it won’t use that small windshield wiper on those fragile, thin lenses. Instead, the Apple Glass will have micro-vibration feature to shake off dust from the lenses. Previously, Apple has filed a patent about a particle control technology for head-mountable device. There are many interesting features that the Apple Glass has, including self-adjusting lenses to match any dioptre and it is not necessary for users to wear prescription glasses under the Apple Glass. The 3D audio locating feature could direct users to a specific source of noise or sound. There will be automatic adjustment to match the ambient light. These features will surely make Apple Glass an interesting wearable and it will surely be the most popular AR device once released widely to the public.
Because AR glasses are essentially see-through wearables, they are much lighter that VR wearables, such as Oculus Rift. By using overlaid digital elements, users can maintain their normal field of vision. Through advanced miniaturizations, AR glasses may remain highly portable and light, just like regular glasses. It will be convenient to use them for daily activities, especially if you spend more time outside. Most recent reports indicate that Apple is only working on AR wearables, not VR ones. As expected, Apple Glass will have premium pricing and it could cost around $1,000. Understandably, AR glasses are still a fairly new technology and they tend to be priced rather high. The same applied with Google Glasses, which cost $1,500 in 2013. Fortunately, it should cost less to manufacture an Apple Glass than the latest iPhone model, so we could hope for lower prices as these wearables enter the mass production phase.
Apple has been developing its AR glasses since 2017 and at that time, Tim Cook promised that it will be something huge. However, he also suggested that such technology isn’t suitable yet for mainstream market. Over the years, we could notice that Apple has filed for various patents related to the Apple Glass. The probable launch of Apple Glass could be in 2021 or 2022. Jon Prosser, the well-known informant, told us that Apple could unveil its new wearable at WWDC in June this year. He further said that the Apple Glasses will look like typical glasses with stylish and sleek design. Unlike a VR wearable, you don’t have to wear anything heavy on your face. It means, the Apple Glass should be usable for typical customers. Allegedly, there will be two colour options for Apple Glass, black and white. This wearable will have small projectors to overlay images on the lenses. These images will relate with real-life objects in the environment. CNET suggested in 2019 that each lens of Apple Glass supports 8k resolution or 7680 x 4320 pixels.