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Apple’s augmented / virtual reality glasses need help – you won’t be able to use them without an iPhone, according to The Information

For Tim Cook, augmented reality is critical to Apple’s future. The company’s efforts are evident in this area, and we have been hearing rumors for months (years?) About the hypothetical virtual and augmented reality glasses from Apple.

New data coming from The Information now reveals that the first iteration of those glasses will not be independent: you will need an iPhone or some other Apple device (like an iPad) to work. The limited power of its processor will therefore make those glasses something like what the Apple Watch is (even in its version with LTE): an accessory that loses a lot of sense without the iPhone.

Not without your iPhone (or your iPad / Mac)

According to sources close to the development of this device, the glasses they will need to communicate wirelessly with a host device such as an iPhone, an iPad or a computer that can manage a good part of the calculations that will be needed for the visualization of contents in the glasses.

It looks like the chip built into the glasses will not be as powerful as current Apple chips and it will not have the Neural Engine that is used to accelerate tasks related to artificial intelligence calculations. That 5nm chip could be a thing of the past by the time the goggles get thrown around.

Maybe even depending on the iPhone for certain tasks, those glasses can function partially independently as do for example the Oculus Quest 2. Even so the dependence on the external device seems to be notable in this first iteration.

The glasses will be rumored to have ultra-high resolution displays, and indeed there is talk of 8K screens in each eye, and also high resolution cameras to capture the outside world.

In The Information they indicate that still it could take a long time to see them availableAlthough the physical layout of the main chip, display controller and image sensor has been completed, there is still a lot to fix.

Thus, the glasses could arrive in 2022 at the earliest, but could arrive later. They would also do it to a high potential price that would be around $ 3,000 and that it would place them in a similar band to which Microsoft’s HoloLens were also oriented.

Via | The Information