It seems pretty clear that Apple’s bringing something forward for AR in the next few weeks, and that it’ll be pretty expensive ($3000 USD was the last number I heard).
What would the thing need to do/have/be for you to buy it?
I could be tempted if it seems like a realistic way to get rid of desktop displays. The idea of having virtual displays all over my office that I could interact with is kind of exciting. I’ve heard about this use case from others who have Oculus gear and they like it, so it’s not that unbelievable!
I can’t come up with a single reason why I would buy it, even at $500 much less 3000. But, time will tell. If overtime they present a compelling case then, obviously, I would consider it. Gaming is not something I have any interest in, so that is irrelevant to me. And, I don’t want to strap a screen to my face. I already have too much screen time the way it is.
I’ll probably buy it if its Facetime mode were to allow a significant amount of low latency/high bandwidth nonverbal communication, and enough other people also get it. I bet that won’t happen for a couple years, but who knows?
Making really big spatial layouts possible also intrigues me. Huge whiteboards everywhere with realtime documents on them, etc.
I have a Meta Quest Pro that is impressively disappointing, and I expect the Apple product to be better but also disappointing. However, I might get one. It depends on the integrations available and the headset’s comfort for me. I’m curious about VR, especially from a productivity perspective.
I look forward to the day when I can walk through my own knowledge graph, have unlimited high-fidelity whiteboards, collab with my remote colleagues, and “hang out” with far away friends and family.
I think the rumor has been overhyped and the trademark filings with supposed links to Apple are dubious at best. If they do, I’m interested to see what their angle is, because I think demand would be difficult to stir up at their desired margins.
I see the lens in the animated Swift logo (slick!). It absolutely could be related, but I also see it representing a wave, or improvements to SwiftUI.
I’m fine with being wrong too, we are speculating about speculation after all
I would love to see this. Having a functional widescreen available when and where needed would be fantastic. I don’t think technology is there yet - to produce a virtual, clear, non sickness inducing screen that has the resolution of a real desktop. But, it is fun to think of having an entire wall/room for a virtual whiteboard/command centre.
Reasonably priced glasses that are indistinguishable from regular glasses/sunglasses might appeal to me, if they provide a useful heads up display over the world, but I can’t imagine anything that would make wearing ski goggles something that I’d be willing to do while not skiing.