So recently Tim Cook has spoken a lot about augmented reality and that Apple is heavily investing in it. Based on their new iPhone and some of the technology I have some ideas of how they potentially may approach AR.
What if Apples approach is not a fully encompassed device like Microsoft HoloLens but rather just a visor with sensors that talks to your iPhone as the central compute. How you say? Well they did launch a new wireless chip they designed.
It may be feasible that they have some new secret sauce that would allow you to carry a light weight visor to experience augmented reality. I for one would love to have a light weight headset. One of the challenges with adding compute power to the headset like the Microsoft Hololens is that you are limited by battery as far as how long it can last as well as size. I think it might be feasible to have a light weight device that only does sensor input and display. This paired with your iPhone as the compute may be a very interesting combination.
What about power on the go?
What if the visor had a case that charged the visors when you put them away like the Apple Airpods?
Again interesting concept. Maybe everything that is being done now is just steps to a AR visor from Apple.
I hope that some of my thoughts are true. I really want to see Augmented Reality mainstream.
P.S. Apple if you are looking for a developer to test out your AR let me know