VR Evangelist Claims That Apple AR Headset Will Arrive This Year

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  1. Megalith

    Megalith 24-bit/48kHz Staff Member

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    Is Apple’s next revolutionary product arriving soon? Yes, says, Robert Scoble, who made a name for himself as Microsoft’s “technology evangelist” and currently authors for UploadVR. Hold on, did I say revolutionary? Scratch that; MS kind of did it first with HoloLens. But I suppose it should be interesting to see how Apple’s version sells, as Microsoft’s attempt reportedly isn’t doing too hot (in terms of sales, anyway). And, at the very least, you can assume that the fruit company’s headset will at least look mildly more fashionable.

    Citing "many sources" situated "at the highest levels," Scoble reiterated his previous speculation that Apple would release an augmented reality headset soon. During the Feb. 5 "This Week in Tech" show with Leo Laporte, Georgia Dow, and Peter Cohen, Scoble presented little additional information than he had before, but moved up his prediction to an announcement as soon as the summer of 2017, but left open the possibility of the date slipping until 2018. Scoble suspects that an announcement may be in conjunction with an Apple headquarters announcement, or possibly the 10th anniversary of the iPhone. Scoble expects a very lightweight pair of glasses, with the electronics on other places on your body, such as in an iPhone or other wearable. "This is Tim Cook's legacy," Scoble said regarding a possible announcement. "In fact, it's Steve Jobs's legacy too."
     
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  2. Gigus Fire

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    apple and revolutionary?

    With tim cook in charge?

    I expect to see another google glass copy cat being produced.
     
  3. Dwango

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    How would creating a product that already exists be "revolutionary"? Is it the Apple logo? Is that what it takes to qualify a product as "revolutionary"? Or does Apple just create evolutionary products and then stick the "r" on the front like they used to do with "i" on everything?
     
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  4. raz-0

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    When apple is "revolutionary" it usually mean they have taken existing technology, cleaned, polished, and integrated it well. From a product standpoint, this IS revolutionary. From a technology standpoint, it is not.

    AR and VR could use some apple style revolution, but I'm not sure it is to the point where that kind of revolution is to be had yet.

    Also, I'm not sure you can actually have that kind of "revolution" in the consumer space without bringing down the price a lot and without creating an open platform that can be broadly participated in. While apple did the former with the iphone, and has some distinct chops in at least making it appear affordable and fiting it into people's budgets, the latter is antithetical to their business models.
     
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    Using standard apple speak i would say:
    It was very brave of them to put the apple logo on their product.

    It was super very brave of them to use wired headphones when they eliminated wires from their latest brave phone product.
     
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  6. rgMekanic

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    Dongle not included.
    Patent lawsuits to come 2018.
     
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    Well it be the rage when Apple invents it. Every hipster will want and claim it the greatest thing ever made. Apple will then sue Google for patent infringement and win billions of dollars. All while Apple's version is inferior to Google's first prototype from years ago.
     
  8. serious

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    re..re...re...evolutionary.
     
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    I don't think it's fair to count sales of the HoloLens yet. it's not a consumer product. People buying it are researchers, developers, etc. It's also very expensive - thinking it was about $3000? I know we considered getting one where I work at but didn't have the funds for it (or really couldn't justify spending that much yet - we have some Google Glasses that were just a great investment!).

    Like Apple or not, they will sell units. The Watch is the leading smart watch by leaps and bounds. I am not a fan of smart watches in general, but will tip my hat to their Watch as being the best I've used and certainly nice to make software for it.
     
  10. TheHig

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    iAR VR doesn't sound classy and AiR Head got tossed. So they dropped the 'i' and also the headphone jack for good measure. ;)
     
  11. ChadD

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    The first company that puts out AR that sells in huge numbers will be the company to "revolutionize" it.

    IF Apple really does release something that isn't just Apple Daydream and it sells in huge numbers... yep that would be revolutionary. As cool as holo lens is, most of us will never see one... and MS will almost assuredly allow it to wither as other companies introduce their own AR, and kill it off when it becomes clear they have no chance of re-envisioning it as anything that is mass marketable.
     
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    You mean you didn't notice the microscopic TM beside revolutionary? It's just their new branding.
     
  13. Master_shake_

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    jesus christ...

    mac book's are gonna look like they are on life support with all the dongles hubs and adapters you're gonna need.