Tim Cook Says Technology For Doing Quality Smart AR Glasses Does Not Exist

Apple has long been rumored to be working on smart AR glasses. Now, in an interview with The Independent, Tim Cook has mentioned that right now the technology simply does not exist to make a quality smart AR glasses.

Cook did not comment on Apple’s own smart AR glasses project and only mentioned about the technology not being ready for now. He further added that Apple does not care about being first. Instead, the company wants to deliver the best user experience.

“But today I can tell you the technology itself doesn’t exist to do that in a quality way. The display technology required, as well as putting enough stuff around your face – there’s huge challenges with that.

“The field of view, the quality of the display itself, it’s not there yet,” he says. And as with all of its products, Apple will only ship something if it feels it can do it “in a quality way”.

With the introduction of ARKit in iOS 11, Apple has paved the way for AR apps on the platform. We have already seen developers taking advantage of ARKit to offer an enhanced experience in their apps. Cook is extremely optimistic about ARKit. He says that AR is for everyone and while it might not be huge right now, it will go on to have a “dramatic” climb much like the App Store.
As for Apple’s own AR glasses, the last rumor surrounding them pointed to Apple’s Smart Glasses project being delayed until 2018/2019 or the entire project being shelved if Apple is not satisfied with it. Apple had been testing multiple glass prototypes, with the leaker suggesting that the smart AR glasses could be game-changing when launched.

[Via The Independent]

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