New patent suggests separate Apple ‘smart glasses’ could be coming, apart from Vision Pro.

New patent suggests separate Apple 'smart glasses' could be coming, apart from Vision Pro.

Apple’s Vision Pro: A Glimpse into the Future of AR/VR

Apple Vision Pro

When Apple finally unveiled its highly anticipated product, the Vision Pro, it left many of us wondering what direction the tech giant would take. Would this be a set of augmented reality glasses that functioned as an accessory to the iPhone, or would it be a full-fledged virtual reality headset? As it turns out, Apple opted for the latter, introducing what they call a “spatial computer.” However, recent filings with the US Patent Office suggest that Apple may still be exploring the development of more traditional smart glasses, which would serve as a heads-up display and complement the iPhone – a device referred to as the “head-mounted display/smart glasses (HMD)” in the filing.

While it wouldn’t be surprising for Apple to offer both products, their main competitor, Meta, already offers a similar range with their Meta Quest VR headset and Ray-Ban Stories AR glasses. However, Apple seems to have grander aspirations for the Vision Pro, aiming to surpass what Meta has achieved with their Quest headsets. For its smart glasses, Apple could leverage the power of the iPhone and apply lessons learned from the Apple Watch, creating a second-screen companion accessory.

Although it’s important to note that not all of Apple’s patent filings materialize into tangible products, the timing of this particular filing, just three months after the release of Vision Pro, is intriguing. The drawings and descriptions in the patent have a more concrete quality, giving the impression that Apple is actively pursuing the development of smart glasses that can seamlessly integrate with the iPhone.

There is a possibility that Apple’s AR glasses could coexist within the same product family as the Vision Pro, sharing similar features such as the Digital Crown. However, shrinking the powerful technology inside the Vision Pro into a simpler, lighter form factor resembling standard spectacles is a challenge that may take decades to overcome.

For now, Apple could introduce AR glasses as a companion iPhone accessory for the low-end market, while offering the Vision Pro headset as a high-end option. Looking ahead, it’s feasible that Apple’s goal is to eventually merge these two product lines in the coming decades, creating a unified and revolutionary AR/VR experience.

In conclusion, with the introduction of the Vision Pro and ongoing patent filings, Apple is paving the way for a future that seamlessly integrates augmented and virtual reality into our daily lives. The possibilities are endless, and we can’t wait to see what Apple has in store for us next.