The Oculus Quest 2 (pictured above) may have some serious competition from Apple starting next year. Apple plans to launch a combined augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) stand-alone headset. The company is likely to reveal the new hardware at WWDC over the summer, giving developers time to create apps. Apple is expected to produce a lightweight, sleek design with swappable headbands.
Walking directions just got a big enhancement on the Apple Maps app. iPhone owners with compatible devices can see where they're going with augmented reality (AR). Maps delivers real-time directions superimposed directly over your iPhone's actual surroundings.
According to reports, Apple continues research and development on its upcoming augmented reality headset known as "Apple Glass". The latest points to collaboration with long-time supplier TSMC to create a cutting-edge display for the wearable device. Micro OLED elements are built more like semiconductors than regular LCD or OLED displays. The concept rendering above by Eunho Kim takes existing Apple design language and imagines what a pair of AR glasses might look like.
Apple continues to improve its camera sensors and augmented reality (AR) development kits, reportedly with an eye on future wearables using the technology. Apple is said to be releasing enhanced 3D camera sensors on the 2020 iPad Pro refresh. The same sensor could appear on 2020 iPhones later in the year, making it possible to scan and create three dimensional models from anywhere. This would set the stage for a combination AR and virtual reality (VR) headset for launch by 2022 or earlier.
Minecraft Earth has launched its early access version to the App Store in the US and other countries. The title follows the tremendous success of augmented reality (AR) game Pokémon Go on the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. With Minecraft Earth, fans of the game can build structures overlaying the real world using their mobile device's camera and display.