Apple has been known to be working towards the development of their latest augmented reality feature for its upcoming iPhone 8, as even Tim Cook, CEO of Apple has stated that they were “very serious about AR” and stated the intention to bring technology to the masses.
According to a new report by The Financial Times shows that Apple has been working on AR technology for over a year now and that the new device would arrive sometime next year. Apparently Apple had started allocating resources towards augmented-reality over a year ago, but its foray into a separate segment until 2018.
Apple is not the only company which is looking to launch the AR glasses next year, as Facebook is actively working on a new product, and Mark Zuckerberg has stated that the glasses will be “small enough to take anywhere.”
An initial report had also stated that Apple’s upcoming AR glasses would wirelessly connect to an iPhone and stream videos or app content. Apple is said to have assigned hundreds of engineers to work on the new technology, and some of them focusing exclusively on the new iPhone.
AR features on the new iPhone would allow users to take a picture and then change the depth of the entire image or the depth of specific objects inside the pic. Users would also be able to isolate certain objects inside images and tilt them 180 degrees.
If the rumors are true, then we will be able to see the result of Apple’s efforts in AR development with the launch of the iPhone 8 later this year.