Apple’s AR glasses may come in ‘heritage’ Steve Jobs frames meant to mimic late CEO’s iconic eyeware

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Apple's AR glasses may come in 'heritage' Steve Jobs frames meant to mimic late CEO's iconic eyeware


Apple’s augmented reality glasses may come in ‘heritage’ edition Steve Jobs frames meant to mimic the late CEO’s iconic eyeware

  • Reports suggest that Apple will release limited edition AR glasses
  • The frames will mimic glasses worn by late Apple CEO, Steve Jobs 
  • Neither the price nor the supply have been reported 

Yet another leak on Apple’s anticipated augmented reality glasses suggests they will come with frames meant to evoke those worn by the tech giant’s late CEO Steve Jobs.

According to frequent leaker, Jon Prosser, who has reported several other pieces of intel on Apple’s augmented reality glasses, the company will release a limited supply of ‘Steve Jobs Heritage Edition’ glasses once the devices are unveiled.

Apple's late CEO, Steve Jobs, donned glasses with circular frames throughout the years. That style will allegedly be replicated in a limited edition version of Apple's upcoming AR glasses (stock)

Apple’s late CEO, Steve Jobs, donned glasses with circular frames throughout the years. That style will allegedly be replicated in a limited edition version of Apple’s upcoming AR glasses (stock)

It’s not clear what the limited edition specs will cost, but they will allegedly resemble the circular frames often worn by Jobs. 

The move would mirror other past special edition items from the company – notably a $10,000 gold iteration of Apple’s first generation watch.

While there’s chance that the plans could changed before Apple releases the glasses in the Fall, Prosser has successfully predicted prior release dates of Apple’s next Macbook and the iPhone SE. 

WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN AR AND VR?

Virtual reality is a computer-generated simulation of an environment or situation

  • It immerses the user by making them feel like they are in the simulated reality through images and sounds
  • For example, in VR, you could feel like you’re climbing a mountain while you’re at home

In contrast, augmented reality layers computer-generated images on top of an existing reality

  • AR is developed into apps to bring digital components into the real world
  • For example, in the Pokemon Go app, the characters seem to appear in real world scenarios

Prosser’s leak comes on the heels of a rumor suggesting that the hardware, called ‘Apple Glass’, will eventually retail at $499.

Prosser says that the glasses, which he has allegedly seen a prototype of, will process information on an iPhone wirelessly as opposed to on-device, similar to how an Apple Watch works.

Leaks also suggest that the glasses will come with optional prescription lenses and  won’t come as sunglasses at launch. Frames are expected to be plastic with metal versions coming later on.   

The glasses are also expected to come equipped with LiDAR on the side but no additional cameras beyond that.

While the glasses were expected to be released at the end of the year or early 2021, it’s unclear if obstacles created by the coronavirus will affect that release date.  

Apple won’t be without competition its quest to popularize AR technology.  

Facebook has reportedly partnered with Rayban to work on its own pair of augmented reality glasses. 

Bloomberg suggests that unlike Apple’s headset, however, Facebook will not have augmented reality built-in, but will function similarly to Snapchat’s Spectacles and will be capable of placing calls, taking pictures, and more.  

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