Tuesday evening, a report came out from Bloomberg stating that Apple had indefinitely postponed the development of their augmented reality glasses.
When I first read this headline I was absolutely crushed. The Apple augmented reality glasses were a product that I have been looking forward to for years. The first rumors about the Apple glasses started back in 2017, and the supposed release date just kept getting pushed back. They have always felt like they were just 1-2 years away, but unfortunately not anymore.
I’m not going to lie, I’ve spent a lot of time daydreaming what it would be like to have these glasses; whether it be driving in a car and having the virtual maps directions overlay right onto the road, or being able to read text messages right in your field of vision without having to look down at a device. The possibilities of what a user could do with augmented reality glasses are endless, and I’m really sad that we’re going to have to wait for many more years.
Luckily Apple is still working on their AR/VR headset (set to be announced in just a few months), that will most likely be virtual reality-oriented with some pass-through viewing features so you can see your surroundings. I still think this device is going to be a game changer, and I’m glad Apple is still moving forward with this device.
Part of the reason I was so excited about the augmented reality glasses is because how they were supposed to look. The rumors were all hinting towards a normal looking pair of glasses that wouldn’t be big or bulky; something you could wear around in public without getting weird looks. The AR/VR headset however, will most likely turn some heads. It’s going to be much bulkier than a normal pair of glasses, and is even rumored to come with an external battery pack that the user will have to carry around with them in their pocket.
Hopefully someday soon Apple will choose to revisit the plans for augmented reality glasses. I understand that fitting so much technology into such a small design is probably extremely challenging, but if anyone could do it (and do it well), it’s Apple.