2020 appears to be a crucial year for the Apple: the company would be planning to launch a series of new products, including a couple of augmented reality glasses that could display iPhone notifications, approaching Google Glass. In addition, we would have a Mac using ARM processor instead of Intel.
Mark Gurman, from Bloomberg, details some details about Apple’s augmented reality glasses. They must have holographic displays on the lenses, synchronizing with the iPhone to display messages, emails, maps and games in the user’s field of view. The device may even come with its own App Store.
Rumors about Apple’s AR glasses have picked up this year. O MacRumors gained access to internal builds of iOS 13 and discovered references to a “StarBoard” interface for applications compatible with augmented reality stereo mode (displayed in two lenses). There is also mention of an AR device code-named “Garta”.
As you noticed the Brazilian Guilherme Rambo, from 9to5Mac, references to StarBoard remain present in the final version of iOS 13 distributed to users. And according to developer Steve Troughton-Smith, there’s even a readme file for employees to run augmented reality apps on the iPhone without needing the headset.
Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes that Apple’s augmented reality headset will be launched in the second quarter of 2020. However, Mark Gurman warns that “the product can be postponed if executives decide that it needs more time in the lab”.
Apple may launch Mac without Intel processor
He also recalls that, next year, Apple should announce Macs that “can run custom processors, which would probably bring greater efficiency and less battery consumption”. Kuo says something similar, saying the launch should take place in 2020 or 2021.
This is part of the Kalamata project, revealed by Gurman in 2018, for macOS to run on Apple-made ARM processors. It is not hard to imagine: the Apple A13, present in the iPhone 11 line, comes close to or exceeds the Intel Core 9900K Skylake and AMD Ryzen 3900X Zen2 in tests of AnandTech.
For 2020, Gurman also waits for iPhones with support for 5G networks and a 3D camera on the back to map the environment, something that can be useful in augmented reality. We would also have an Apple Watch with sleep tracking features; we saw a sign of this on watchOS 6.
With information: Bloomberg.