Report: ‘Apple Glass’ AR Headset Will Retail At $499, Works With iPhone

Originally posted on: vrscout.com/news

A new report by Jon Prosser of Front Page Tech states that Apple’s long-rumored augmented reality headset will work in tandem with the iPhone, using the device’s processing power to generate AR visuals via the wireless headset, just like the Apple Watch.

According to Powell, who claims to have seen a prototype of the headset, the “Apple Glass” will feature an all-plastic design, though the final product may feature a metal option as well. Based on the leaks, the headset will launch with compatible prescription lenses followed by standard sunglasses.

Each of these designs will reportedly feature a LIDAR scanner capable of capturing the wearer’s environment and measuring the physical distance of various objects. This is supposedly the only camera included as part of the current design.

As for pricing, Powell claims Apple Glass will set users back a solid $499, the same price as an Apple Watch Series 5 or 128GB Oculus Quest VR headset.

While these reports remain unconfirmed, Prosser as proven to be a reliable source for Apple product news in the past; just this year he correctly guessed the release of the latest iPad, iPhone SE, and Macbook Air.

In addition to Prosser’s report, last week we learned of several potential AR applications on the way to iOS after several leaked files from the upcoming iOS 14 update found their way online. These files introduce several new bits of info regarding Apple’s mysterious AR app “Gobi”.

Used primarily for business commerce, payments, and brand integrations, Gobi serves as an AR enhancement for the iPhone camera, allowing users to scan specially-designed QR codes in order to access augmented content. Several of the QR codes shown indicate compatibility with various products and brands, such as Starbucks Coffee and Disney’s Star Wars.

Prosser states that Apple is expected to unveil Apple Glass late 2020 or early 2021, though it’s unclear whether or not the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has impacted development or production.

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