Facebook to spend $10 billion on developing AR and VR content, software and hardware

Facebook is planning to spend $10 billion this year on Facebook Reality Labs, which is primarily focusing on AR and VR content such as software and hardware products.

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AT&T Reminds Us That 5G Will Be Awesome Someday

We've been hearing about the advantages of 5G's high speed wireless data connections for years now, but if you have a 5G capable phone, you probably rarely see significant speed boosts and you may not even know why you would want higher bandwidth. Now AT&T has some new use-case scenarios that will give you a better idea of what 5G will be useful for in the future.

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Apple’s upcoming Mixed Reality headset will be lighter than an iPhone 12: Kuo

Apple is reportedly working on a Mixed Reality headset that could come with some impressive hardware and capabilities such as 15 camera modules, advanced eye-tracking technology, and micro-LED displays with an eye-popping 8K resolution. TF International Securities Ming-Chi Kuo recently predicted that despite the aforementioned hardware, the Apple headset could weigh under 200 grams. Now, another research note by Kuo that was accessed by Macrumors and 9to5Mac mentions that the upcoming Mixed Reality headset by Apple could tip the scale at less than 150 grams.

The purpose of this design is to improve FOV and reduce weight and thickness. We believe that Apple will use a hybrid Fresnel lens design further to enhance the Fresnel lens’s optical performance (e.g., improve vignetting and optical artifacts), and each hybrid Fresnel lens comprises three stacked Fresnel lenses. We believe that Apple’s design will achieve a better balance between HMD’s FOV and form factor.
via Macrumors

For comparison, the iPhone 12 weighs 164 grams. However, if you compare it against another well-known Mixed Reality headset that is already in the market, the featherweight nature of Apple’s upcoming device becomes apparent. Take for example the Microsoft HoloLens 2 Mixed Reality headset, which tips the scales at 566 grams. Moving over to the world of virtual reality headsets, the Oculus Quest 2 weighs 503 grams.

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A drawing by The Information depicting Apple’s upcoming Mixed Reality headset

Apple is reportedly going with lenses made of plastic, instead of glass, to shed weight

To shed weight, Apple is reportedly going with hybrid ultra-short focal length Fresnel lenses that are not only thinner and lighter, but also offer a wider field of view. Additionally, the lenses will be made of plastic, instead of glass, to further cut down on the bulk. And to achieve the light transmission coefficient of glass, Apple will apply a layer of customized material on the lenses.

For video-see-through AR HMDs and VR HMDs, the critical design trend is to achieve a thin and light design with an ultra-short focal length lens/Fresnel lens. The design challenge is also related to the display, optical material, thermal, and production. We believe that solving this complicated optical design is one of the major competitive advantages of video-see-through AR HMDs and in the future.
via 9to5Mac

Apple is reportedly sourcing these lenses from Young Optics and Genius Electronic Optical. However, a majority of lenses will be provided by long-time supplier Largan. Each headset is said to employ as many as six Fresnel lenses, with three lenses stacked on top of each other for each eye. Apple’s Mixed Reality headset will reportedly be priced somewhere around $1,000, much lower than the competition. The company also has AR glasses in the pipeline that will likely debut in 2025, as per Kuo.

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Apple’s mixed reality headset: 15 camera modules, micro-LED display, and “significantly lighter”

Apple’s upcoming mixed reality headset has been doing the rounds for a while now. The device was earlier tipped to pack over a dozen camera modules backed by advanced eye-tracking technology. Now, we have the exact number. The upcoming Apple mixed reality headset could feature a total of 15 optical camera modules. More features of the device have been tipped in the latest report.

According to MacRumors, which cites analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, eight of the 15 camera modules will be used for see-through augmented reality experiences. Further, six of them will be used for “innovative biometrics,” and one camera module will be used for environmental detection. It is said that Largan will supply majority of the 15 camera lenses.

As per the report, the upcoming Apple mixed reality headset is touted to be “portable” but not “mobile” like an iPhone. It will come with independent computing power and storage. The current prototypes weigh in at 200 to 300 grams. However, the final product could weigh less than 200 grams if Apple is “able to solve technical problems.”

Moreover, it is tipped that the Apple mixed reality headset will be “significantly lighter” than many VR devices on the market. It is said to provide an “immersive experience that is significantly better than existing VR products.” The device will feature high-end micro-OLED displays, and it could cost around $1,000, which is surprising since previous reports have tipped that the headset would cost around $3,000.

The rumored Apple mixed reality headset is said to come equipped with 8K displays. Previous reports have said that the device will offer advanced eye-tracking technology. If it comes with an 8K panel, it would have the most pixel-dense screen on a commercially available consumer device that falls under the wearable segment.

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Pocketnow Daily: Apple’s March Event Seems PACKED! (video)

Samsung Galaxy S21, Galaxy Z Fold 2 and more devices are on sale

Apple’s latest M1 13-inch MacBook Pro, LG monitors are on sale today

OnePlus 8, the Pixel 4 and more Android phones are also on sale today

And what that means is that we have more Valentine’s Day deals for you because you should take advantage of them, with or without a partner. Starting with Samsung, the Galaxy S21 is still available for just $99 if you get it Unlocked with a trade-in and you also get $50 off instant credit for accessories. The S21+ is also available for as low as $199 with an extra $75 in credit, and the S21 Ultra is still going for $399 with $100 in instant credit. And by the way, don’t forget that SUPCASE is still our favorite choice for device protection. Use promo code 10POCKETNOW on Amazon to get 10% off the Award Winning UB Pro, or use promo code POCKETNOW15 on SUPCASE.com for a 15% discount as well. Moving on to the M1 MacBook Pro, it is currently available for $100 off on both Amazon and B&H, leaving the entry level model for $1200 shipped. OnePlus also has the regular 8 for $100 off, meaning it starts at $699 for both color variants. The T-Mobile variant of the 7T is also available for $200 off, leaving that at $399. Finally, if you’re looking for a Google Pixel, the Pixel 4 is $250 off its original price tag, leaving the entry level variant for $549. And guys, we have more deals on LG monitors which are some of my favorites, Dell Laptops, other Pixels and more in the links in the description.

TikTok sale to Walmart and Oracle shelved

Let’s move the spotlight on to TikTok which, had a very interesting end to their 2020. If you remember, back in September, the company reached a deal with Oracle and Walmart, to avoid the US ban that was being imposed on them. The deal was approved by the administration but, when the sale deadline came on December 4th, the government gave them no response so the deal was left off in kind of a limbo. Now, it looks like the new President of the US has different plans. According to the Wall Street Journal, TikTok’s deal with Oracle and Walmart has been put on hold “indefinitely”. Apparently the new President is reviewing the past efforts which were based on handling security risks from Chinese tech companies. Now, the officials haven’t ruled out anything just yet but it looks like the sale might not happen at all. However, the new administration might have to make a decision pretty soon as, they are supposed to deliver a formal response before February 18th as part of TikTok’s lawsuit. We’ll see how this evolves next week as, we know that they might end up selling or, simply making changes to the app and the algorithm it uses to recommend you videos as, that wouldn’t be sold.

First signs of a Samsung Galaxy S21 FE aka Fan Edition have emerged

Moving on back to Samsung, a couple of weeks ago we covered how the company might already be working on the S21 FE but, that was kind of a reach and most likely just an LTE variant of the S21. However, we have a new report from SamMobile, showing off the model number of a new Samsung device which reportedly belongs to the S21 Fan Edition. Now, the report mentions that Samsung hasn’t launched LTE variants of their flagships just yet, so they’re assuming that they’re only trying to streamline things by bringing this model number of the Galaxy S21 FE in line with the rest of the Galaxy S21 models, basically to throw us off. Now, it is pretty early in the year when compared to when we got the S20 FE, but we are expecting the specs on this phone to include Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 870, a similar camera to the Galaxy S21 Trio, 5G and of course, a high refresh rate AMOLED display. The report also mentions that Samsung might go the same route by bringing a wide array of bright color options, to market it in the same way they did last fall. So yeah, let’s hope we get this phone somewhat soon as the S20 FE was a great pick last year.

This is what we could expect from Apple’s new mixed reality headset

Let’s move on to Cupertino for the rest of the show, beginning with their upcoming Mixed Reality headset as, we’ve had a ton of leaks in the past 2 weeks. Now, we have some new patents for this headset which were made public yesterday. This headset is listed as a “Head-Mounted Display Unit with Adaptable Facial Interface” and it explains how the design elements can prevent the headset from moving around when the person moves while providing a comfortable fit. Now, there’s a ton of technical jargon here so, apparently it’ll feature at least one eye tracking camera, an illumination source that emits infrared light to the user’s eyes, and a diffraction grating located in the eye pieces. Other details mention over a dozen cameras, to help achieve the eye tracking, as well as the 8K displays, making everything look as good as possible. Another image on the patents show that this might work in a Tony Stark kind of way where, it will display a 3D text generation and editing GUI in a virtual spaces, which includes a virtual screen for you to enter or edit text in documents via a keypad from the input device. Apparently the text document or area can be placed and moved to various depths in your 3D virtual space. Very Michael Fisher Iron Man if you ask me. We should expect this headset as soon as next year and priced at $3000 to compete with Microsoft’s solution… which sounds all enterprise.

Story of the day:

Apple’s next-gen iPad Pro and AirTags object tracker rumored to arrive next month

Finally, for the hottest news today, let’s talk Apple leaks as, we’re due some products. Earlier today Jon Prosser went on an answering and tweeting spree where he gave us some new information on when we should expect some things. First off, let’s get iPhone 13 out of the way as, someone asked him if Touch ID was still coming to iPhones this year, and Prosser simply replied “Yup”. Now, moving on to other products and their launch dates, he tweeted out that AirTags, which have been ready for months now, are still slated to launch in March. Of course this isn’t set in stone but, he claims that his sources haven’t mentioned any further delays this time. Meaning it should finally be a done deal. Now, speaking of March, someone also asked him about a new iPad Pro with Prosser replying that we should also expect it in March as far as he knows. Now, to expand on these products, we’re expecting the AirTags to be Tile-like tackers that will help you keep track of your belongings. And yes, you’ll most likely have to attach them to a third party accessory to carry it around. When it comes to the iPad, we’re expecting a similar design to the current iPad Pro with the dual camera at the back, the boxy design, Face ID and we really hope this is the debut of mini-LED displays. Finally, for iPhone 13, we’re expecting a shorter notch, Touch ID and upgraded cameras for all 4 models this year.
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Pocketnow Daily: Get Ready: Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 Launching EARLY! (video)

The Samsung Galaxy S21 is also getting amazing BOGO deals at Verizon.

Get iPhone 12 BOGO deals, and other iPhone models for free at Verizon

Samsung Galaxy Note 20, OnePlus devices and more on sale today

Let’s start today with some iPhone Buy one Get one free deals, since it seems carriers like Verizon are going gall out. You can currently get that BOGO for the iPhone 12 if you get a new line but, if you go in for a trade-in you can get up to $750 off. You can also get the iPhone 11 Pro for $640 off if you get an Unlimited Plan. B&H currently has the OnePlus 8 for $350 off, leaving the entry level, Onyx Black variant for $450 shipped. You can also get 2 OnePlus 8Ts for $1124 which amounts to a $374 discount. For those of you looking for Samsung deals, the company still has trade-in deals for devices like the Note 20 which starts at $449 or the Ultra at $750 . The S20 FE is also available, starting at just $425 but of course, you need an eligible device to trade in. By the way, there are still trade in deals for the Galaxy S21 series as well with store credit, I’ll be sure to link to those in the description, and don’t forget that SUPCASE is still our #1 choice for device protection. Use promo code 10POCKETNOW on Amazon to get 10% off the Award Winning UB Pro, or use promo code POCKETNOW15 on SUPCASE.com as well. –We also have more deals on the Xperia 1 mark II, Sony earbuds and more in the links in the description, and don’t forget we’ve partnered with SUPCASE to give away a Galaxy S21 and Galaxy S21 Ultra. Follow the first link in the description and enter code POCKETNOWGALAXY to enhance your chances to win.
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    HUAWEI Mate X2 with an inward-folding design will debut on February 22

    Let’s move on to foldables which, like we mentioned yesterday should be having a big 2021. This time, let’s talk Huawei as so far, the company has given us 2 foldables with the Mate X and the Mate XS which was just a refresh. Now, recently the company filed some patents that hint that we might be getting a new design and, it’s kind of a familiar one, looking a lot like the Z Fold 2. According to the leaks, this phone will bring an 8.01in main display, with a 6.45in cover display which will bring a pill-shaped punch hole, no selfie camera on the main display. On the camera department, Huawei will reportedly give us a quad camera setup with a 50MP main lens, along with 16MP, 12MP and 8MP sensors, but we’re not so sure on the specifics of those just yet. It’ll also be powered by the Kirin 9000 SoC, along with a rather small 4400 mAh battery along with 66W charging. And yes, for the price tag, we’re still hearing around $2000 but, due to the whole ban we might not get it world wide once again. Now, the reason we’re covering this is, the company just sent out press invitations for an event to happen on February 22, showing off the folding display in the teaser. We’ll see what we get.

    Apple working on Mixed Reality headset with over a dozen cameras and 8K displays: Report

    Let’s talk Apple and a little more of their unconventional projects, cause right now, it seems the sky is the limit for them. Starting with the Apple Car which was a big topic yesterday, a new report from CNBC claims that this will be a fully autonomous vehicle and it will not be designed to have a driver. This means that Apple is planning to go head to head with Tesla as, we know that that is one of Tesla’s ultimate goals. Now, moving on from the Apple Car, let’s talk about Mixed Reality headsets.. Yes. For some time now, there’s been a ton of rumors surrounding VR and AR headsets from Cupertino as well as glasses. Well, according to a new report from The Information, Apple is working on a Mixed Reality headset that will come equipped with over 12 cameras for head and hand movement tracking, as well as capturing your real world surroundings. Apparently they will also equip it with 2 8K displays and it will feature some eye-tracking technology. Just for contest, Microsoft’s $3500 HoloLens 2 features a total of 7 cameras and a 2K display, so yeah. Now, you might be wondering about the crazy Apple price tag but, the report mentions that the current discussed price is $3000, way cheaper than Microsoft’s considering everything you’re supposed to be getting. The report also shared a rough sketch of the product with a mesh headband and a rather small visor at the front. It will reportedly be aimed at enterprise customers but, we don’t have any dates yet.

    Google is exploring a less stringent take on Apple’s anti-tracking tools for Android

    Last week we covered how Facebook could be suing Apple thanks to the new privacy changes Cupertino announced with iOS 14. If you’re unaware of these, iOS 14.5 which is currently on beta testing, will require developers to ask for the users consent to track their activity across other apps, websites and even devices. You’ll get a prompt with the options, Ask App not to Track or Allow. Facebook’s whole case is that this will affect small business as they can’t track your data to serve you their ads. Yeah right. Well, according to Bloomberg’s Marc Gurman and Nico Grant, Google is also looking into this matter with Android but, there’s a catch. According to the report, Google might implement this feature but in a “less stringent way”. The report mentions that Google is trying to balance the rising demands of privacy-conscious consumers with the financial needs of developers and advertisers. They are apparently seeking input from stakeholders, similar to how they’re developing the new Privacy Sandbox feature for Chrome. So, apparently, Google’s approach won’t directly ask you to opt in or opt out of being tracked because, advertisers won’t really like that but they will probably opt for a solution that allows a certain degree of ad-targeting, but still in a narrower scope for the kind of data they’re collecting. You know what’s funny? That Apple’s Face ID solution for iOS 14.5 will make the update so enticing for EVERYONE, that I doubt anyone will want to skip the update.. So sorry Facebook.

    Story of the day:

    Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 and Z Flip3 foldable phones might arrive in July

    Finally, for the hottest news today let’s talk Samsung and foldables. Late last year we heard a ton of rumors on how, the Galaxy Note line was dying so Samsung could shift their focus on to their foldable products. Samsung debunked that but, there are some rumors about it still happening. Another thing Samsung mentioned is how their launch schedule might be changing, which we saw with the S21’s release. Now we have a new tweet from Ice Universe that kind of confirms it. On the tweet he mentions that we may have to wait 5 months to see the Z Flip 3 and the Z Fold 3. If you think about, their releases are always pretty much 6 months apart and January and August makes all the sense in the world. So far, we’re expecting the Galaxy Z Fold 3 to bring a new UTG composition for the 7.55in internal display, and then on the outside we’ll reportedly be getting a 6.21in cover. A couple of days ago we covered some renders from Ben Geskin showing off the possible new design with the S21 Ultra’s camera and some under the display selfie shooters and even though they aren’t too far fetched, we don’t know if any of those 2 features are coming. Other rumors hint that it’ll be priced at $2000 like the Z Fold 2 was, and it will bring an S Pen included which is why the displays are shrinking down. So far we don’t have much information on the Z Flip 3 expect for the fact that it’ll bring a 6.7in main display at 120Hz and a larger cover display. We’re also hearing some rumors of a Z Flip Lite but that isn’t certain as well. If this is the case though, we should be getting more leaks and rumors soon. Would you buy an Apple Watch just to improve Face ID?
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    Apple working on Mixed Reality headset with over a dozen cameras and 8K displays: Report

    Over the past couple of years, we’ve come across multiple reports and rumors about Apple’s Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) headsets as well as glasses. However, it appears that the company is also at work on a rather ambitious Mixed Reality (MR) headset that comes with an impressive hardware portfolio and might go against Microsoft’s $3,500 HoloLens 2.

    Over a dozen cameras backed by advanced eye-tracking technology

    As per an exhaustive report by The Information, Apple is working on a Mixed Reality headset that will come equipped with over a dozen cameras for head and hand-movement tracking, as well as capturing the real world in its view. In comparison, the Microsoft HoloLens features a total of seven cameras – four visible light-sensing cameras, a pair of infrared (IR) cameras, and a 1-megapixel ToF depth sensor.

    READ MORE: Apple VR headset with fabric design and a fan could launch next year

    Another impressive aspect of Apple’s rumored Mixed Reality headset is that it might come equipped with 8K displays. Microsoft’s offering, on the other hand, is fitted with a 2K panel. The report cites a source ‘with direct knowledge of the device’ and adds that the headset will offer advanced eye-tracking technology.

    Apple's mixed reality headset could offer the highest resolution display out there

    Now, an 8K panel would be the most pixel-dense screen on a commercially available consumer device that falls under the wearable segment. However, Apple reportedly has a solution at its disposal to ensure that driving such a high-resolution display doesn’t end up hogging all the system resources.

    “Apple has for years worked on technology that uses eye tracking to fully render only parts of the display where the user is looking. That would let the headset show lower-quality graphics in the user’s peripheral vision and reduce the device’s computing needs,” adds the report.

    READ MORE: Apple’s AR glasses have entered the second phase of prototype development: Report

    Apple's MR headset won't come cheap and might be priced around $3,000

    Coming to the pricing part, Apple has reportedly discussed offering its Mixed Reality headset for around $3,000, which is $500 lower than what Microsoft asks for its own headset. Coming to the design aspect, a rough sketch based on a prototype created by The Information shows a curved display surrounded by a mesh fabric and a swappable headband that appears to take some inspiration from the design of Apple Watch straps.

    As for the target audience, Apple reportedly aims for its Mixed Reality headset to help boost productivity via remote collaboration, assist in learning new skills via interactive methods, and aid with design visualization via 3D tools among others. Needless to say, all of it sounds like a device geared towards enterprise customers, just like the Microsoft HoloLens 2 headset.

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    Facebook brings Messenger to Oculus because we all love chatting on VR headsets

    Facebook has today announced that it is bringing Messenger to its Oculus line of VR headsets. For now, it appears that the Facebook-owned messaging service will only be accessible on the Quest and its Quest 2 successor, and not the older offerings such as Quest Go, Rift, and Rift S. 

    The older Oculus Go, Rift, and Rift S VR headsets have been left out

    And just in case you’re wondering, you can rely on voice-to-text or bank on some pre-written conversation templates, if the idea of typing a message using the controllers sounds horrifying. Also, the person you are chatting with – while the Quest headset is mounted on your brian box – doesn’t need to wear a VR headset. Just saying!

    Messenger on VR headsets – but why though?

    The arrival of Messenger on the Oculus VR platform is more of a minor convenience than a necessity. It will come in handy if you want to send a quick invite to your friend to join you in a VR game. Or, you just seek to respond to a few Messenger texts in a jiffy without having to take your VR headset off. But that’s from a user’s perspective.

    From Facebook’s viewpoint, the more services it can integrate and interlink, the merrier. Remember the grand Instagram-Facebook-WhatsApp interoperability plans? Well, the Oculus VR platform now appears to be a part of it as well. 

    Signing in and out of Messenger on the VR headset will be easy if you share it with others

    However, Facebook assures that chatting with friends over Messenger via a compatible Quest VR headset won’t impact the existing Oculus privacy settings. Plus, Facebook is leaving the Oculus Chats service untouched, so you can still make use of your Oculus username for communicating with your friends in the VR world.

    Furthermore, if you share with your Oculus Quest or Quest 2 with a family member and worry about your privacy, you can easily sign out of Messenger on the headset. Just don’t forget it though, because the next time you want to engage in a VR-fueled Messenger conversation, you’ll have to re-enter it if you previously signed out of the instant messaging service.

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    Apple VR headset with fabric design and a fan could launch next year

    There have been rumors in the past that Apple is working on its own AR/VR headset. In 2020, Apple acquired the VR startup Spaces as well as NextVR. Hence, it is pretty much confirmed that Apple is indeed working on VR devices. Now, the rumor is doing rounds again, thanks to a report from Bloomberg, which says that the device could launch as soon as 2022. It is said to be a standalone device that operates through batteries, much like the Oculus Quest 2.

    The Bloomberg report cites people who know about the development. The Apple VR device will “display an all-encompassing 3-D digital environment for gaming, watching video and communicating.” That said, AR functionality and the ability to overlay images and information over a view of the real world is tipped to be limited. The Apple device will go up against Facebook’s Oculus, Sony’s PlayStation VR, and headsets from HTC.

    Much more expensive than its competition

    The report goes on to say that the upcoming Apple VR headset has hit several development hurdles, and the company has “conservative” sales expectations.The plans suggest that Apple’s first headset will be far more expensive than those from rivals, which cost about $300 to $900,” says the report. It goes on to estimate that Apple could sell just over 180,000 units of the device from their retail store. And, that would be on par with other pricey Apple products, including the $5,999 Mac Pro.

    More powerful processors than the latest M1 for MacBooks

    As for the specifications, Apple is said to be planning on putting a much higher resolution display in the headset than those in current VR offerings. Plus, it aims to include advanced chips more powerful than the latest M1 processors. The Apple VR headset could also have a fan. The presence of fan and powerful processors is said to have resulted in a large and heavy device initially. Hence, the company has reportedly brought the headset closer to the face.

    Apple AR Glasses are also in development but they aren't launching anytime soon

    On the other hand, Apple AR Glasses (codenamed N421) are also in early development stage. However, they are “several years away.” Current prototypes of the device are tipped to resemble high-priced sunglasses with thick frames that house the battery and chips.

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    Apple’s AR glasses have entered the second phase of prototype development: Report

    Apple has been overly optimistic about the future of augmented reality (AR) and its promising applications, but the company is yet to reveal much about its AR hardware plans. However, we’ve long been hearing rumors of an Apple AR glass project and even a headset that could debut within the next few years. Now, a new report by Digitimes claims that Apple is now entering “the second phase of its AR glasses prototype development.”

    Don't get your hopes high for a 2021 debut

    Right now, details are slim about Apple’s upcoming wearable AR hardware and the features it will bring to the table. However, entering the second phase of prototype development is a sign that Apple’s AR glasses are not too far away, provided things go according to plan and the company doesn’t pull the plugs on its AR glasses project. However, some reports suggest that Apple could make an announcement in 2021, while the market release would happen in 2022.

    “Following the second phase, the report claims that the glasses will go through a third phase of development a few months later. Upon completion of the prototype design, the wearable device is expected to go through a 6-9 month period for engineering verification,” reports Macrumors which accessed the full Digitimes story.

    Tipster Jon Prosser has claimed in the past that the Apple Glasses will debut in the first half of 2021. But given the prototype testing progress and the need for an even longer engineering verification stage that could last up to 9 months, that seems to be implausible. Noted analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, on the other hand, has predicted that the Apple Glasses will arrive next year

    The person wearing Apple’s AR glasses would reportedly be able to control them via Siri. Additionally, information such as messages and maps will appear as an overlay before the user’s eyes. Older reports suggest that Apple Glasses will rely on gaze tracking to offer a video AR experience. And to tackle the issue of privacy, Apple will reportedly project an iPad or iPhone’s screen on the display of its upcoming wearable device. Or at least that’s what patents filed by Apple appear to suggest. 

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    Apple could finally launch AirTags and a new augmented reality device in 2021

    A new research note from well-known Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo shares some light about what we may get from Apple in 2021. And we’re not just talking about the iPhone 13, new iPads or Macs, but new products altogether, as it seems that the long-awaited AirTags may finally be ready to launch in 2021, as well as a new AR device.

    According to Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple could have everything ready to launch its new AirTags in 2021. These new devices are expected to work as Tile’s Bluetooth tracker devices, and they would help us find our keys, wallets, backpacks, and more. These trackers would also notify users on their Apple devices when one of their items goes out of range. Now, these new Apple AirTags are also expected to be managed through a future Items tag in the Find My app, which will also help you find your items in case you have misplaced your stuff.

    Apple seems to be also working on a new augmented reality device. The rumors mention a new AR headset or glasses, but Mr. Kuo didn’t expand on the subject. However, he did mention Apple’s plans to release new AirPods, which could arrive in two different sizes. He also believes that we will get new Apple Silicon Macs and the first iPads with mini-LED displays.

    Rumors of a new 12.9-inch iPad Pro with mini-LED displays have been coming for quite a while now, and some even believed that Apple could’ve even managed to launch them late in 2020. Still, the ongoing pandemic has seriously affected the company’s possible launch dates.

    Whatever the case, we are also expecting a new 14-inch MacBook Pro and a 16-inch MacBook Pro refresh, both of which would arrive with mini-LED displays in 2021. Ming-Chi Kuo also believes that we may see a new MacBook Air with Apple Silicon and a mini-LED display in 2022, with other products like a 24-inch iMac and a smaller Mac Pro-like desktop in a not so distant future.

    Source MacRumors

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    OPPO X 2021 rollable concept, OPPO AR Glasses showcased at INNO Day event

    OPPO held its INNO Day 2020 event themed “Leap into the Future” in Shenzhen today. It announced a new concept phone, the OPPO X 2021 rollable, OPPO AR Glass 2021, and OPPO CybeReal AR application. The company announced a new ‘3+N+X’ strategy where “3” refers to three underlying technologies, namely hardware, software, and services technologies. The ‘N’ represents a number of OPPO’s essential capabilities, including AI, security and privacy, multimedia, and interconnectivity. Lastly, “X”, refers to the leading-edge and differentiated technologies and strategic resources such as the flash charge technology.

    The OPPO X 2021 rollable concept handset features a flexible display and structural stacking, bringing users more natural interactive experience. It comes with OPPO’s three proprietary technologies, including the Roll Motor powertrain, 2-in-1 Plate, and self-developed Warp Track high-strength screen laminate. The handset sports a 6.7-inch display that can be transformed into a 7.4-inch display.

    Oppo AR Glasses 2021 at INNO Day

    On the other hand, Oppo AR Glasses 2021 adopt a new split design, which makes it compact and light-weight. For reference, it is nearly 75% lighter than its predecessor. The device is built with the Birdbath optical solution, enhancing the immersive experience. It features diverse sensors, including a stereo fisheye camera, one ToF sensor, and one RGB camera. They can not only support a number of natural interactions, including interactions via smartphone, gesture-based interactions, and spatial localization, but also complete the three-dimensional spatial localization calculation within milliseconds.

    Plus, there’s CybeReal AR application that is powered by real-time, spatial calculation technology enables high-precision localization and scene recognition, and is supported by OPPO’s three core technologies. These include reconstructing the world to the centimeters, real-time high-precision localization, and OPPO Cloud,

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