Apple’s first-generation glasses products are more likely to be VR devices than AR


Former Apple executive Jean-Louis Gassee recently stated that the first generation of “Apple Glasses” is more likely to be VR headsets rather than AR wearable products.

Rumors about Apple’s so-called AR glasses have surfaced for several years, and recent news has revealed that “Apple glasses” may make its debut in 2020 or 2021.

However, Gassee said that seeing any set of Apple AR headsets will cause some problems. Instead, he believes that the first Apple mixed reality device is more likely to be a pair of VR glasses.

Gassee believes that glasses with a head-up display (HUD) must solve the problems of distraction, social interaction and privacy.

Gassee revealed: “A privacy-conscious company like Apple may be very cautious, either not installing the camera, restricting its use, or at least providing clear instructions when the camera is running.”

In terms of technology, Gassee said that “Apple Glasses” will require a set of sensors for head and body movements. Even if most of the heavy work is delegated to the connected iPhone, it still requires computing power and battery power to work.

Gassee predicts that Apple’s first headset will be a pair of VR glasses that may be related to the Apple Arcade gaming service .

There are many rumors that contradict Gassee’s predictions, including reports from analysts such as Jon Prosser and Guo Mingchi. For example, Guo Mingchi believes that the Internet-connected iPhone can handle most of the operations of the first-generation “Apple Glasses”, thus eliminating the need for more powerful hardware.

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