Apple could launch augmented reality glasses for the iPhone

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Apple may be moving into the world of augmented reality sooner than you think.

A leading expert has claimed Apple's plans have been accelerated, meaning the firm could reveal its first AR glasses this year.

It is believed the iPhone maker is working on lightweight glasses with a small display that would link to a user's iPhone.

Robert Scoble, who shot to fame when he was pictured in the shower wearing Google's Glass, and is a respected blogger, made the predictions during the 'This Week in Tech' online show.

Citing 'many sources' situated 'at the highest levels,' Scoble reiterated his previous speculation that Apple would release an augmented reality headset soon. 

'This is Tim Cook's legacy,' Scoble said regarding a possible announcement. 

'In fact, it's Steve Jobs's legacy too.'

The blogger believes an announcement may be made as Applefinally moves into its new 'Spaceship'HQ later this year, or alongside the unveiling of the 10th anniversary of the iPhone in September, where the iPhone 8 is set to be unveiled.

He said he expects a very lightweight pair of glasses, with the electronics on other places on your body, such as in an iPhone or other wearable.

The wearable headset would connect wirelessly to iPhones and show information that is superimposed onto a user's view of the real world.

The iPhone maker is believed to be working with Carl Zeiss on the project, which could go on sale this year. 

'A Zeiss employee confirmed the rumors that Apple and Carl Zeiss AG are working on a light pair of augmented reality/mixed reality glasses that may be announced this year,' blogger Robert Scoble wrote. 

'I thought it was next year but now that I saw this I believe it will happen this year.' 

The firm has talked about the project with potential suppliers for Google Glass-style headsets. 

A recent report by Bloomberg cites 'people familiar with the issue' who asked not to be identified.  .

Chief Executive Tim Cook, who has been struggling with a slowdown in iPhone sales in recent quarters, said earlier this year that the company would continue to invest a lot into augmented reality (AR).

Augmented reality is a tool that overlays digital information with the user's environment in real-time. 

The glasses would be Apple's first product targeted directly at AR, according to the report. 

The firm has built up its AR research through the acquisition of several firms, including PrimeSense, which developed motion-sensing technology in Microsoft's Kinect Gaming syste.

'AR can be really great, and we have been and continue to invest a lot in this,' Mr Cook said in a conference call with analysts. 

'We are high on AR for the long run. We think there are great things for customers and a great commercial opportunity.'

Apple, the world's largest technology company, has ordered a small number of near-eye displays for testing but has not obtained enough for production on a larger scale, the report added.

Apple declined to comment.

The move would make Apple the latest technology company to venture into wearable glasses.

Alphabet Inc's discontinued its own wearable glass headset, Google Glass, and closed the social media account linked to the device earlier this year, ending its attempt to popularize the expensive devices with consumers.

The device received plenty of attention when it was launched in 2012, but quickly ran into problems with its awkward appearance and privacy concerns over video recording.

Snap, an $18 billion (£14 billion) company which makes the popular messaging app Snapchat, also launched its own video-camera sunglasses last week. 

As rumours continue to circulate about Apple's next move for its iOS systems, a new patent suggests augmented reality mapping could be underway.

The firm was granted a patent for 'Augmented reality maps' last week, revealing an app that could use the iPhone's advanced sensors to generate real-time views of the user's surroundings with digital information superimposed.

The system could even overlay directional indicators to the live video stream, visualising the course and any upcoming turns on the way to a given location, and letting the user know if they're facing the wrong direction. 


Apple is granted a patent for a see-through display

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Apple's next iPhone could come with a transparent screen, according to a patent granted to the company.

The technology could pave the way for Apple's step into augmented reality.

The patent also includes an OLED screen - something that has been rumoured from a number of sources to feature on the iPhone 8.

'One or more openings in the display may form a window through which a user of the device may view an external object,' the patent says. 

'Display pixels in the window region may be used in forming a heads-up display.'

Current features on the phone's face, like the camera, ear speaker and light sensors, could be hidden beneath the screen.

This is not the first evidence that points towards the world of augmented reality, that was made popular last year with the rise of Pokemon Go.

The iPhone maker is believed to be working with Carl Zeiss on an augmented reality project, which could go on sale this year.

The wearable headset would connect wirelessly to iPhones and show information that is superimposed onto a user's view of the real world. 

'A Zeiss employee confirmed the rumors that Apple and Carl Zeiss AG are working on a light pair of augmented reality/mixed reality glasses that may be announced this year,' blogger Roberty Scoble wrote earlier this week. 

The firm has talked about the project with potential suppliers for Google Glass-style headsets. 

Earlier this week, another rumour surfaced saying the new phone will be designed with a stainless steel forging process that brings together two reinforced glass panels supported by a metal frame.

The rumour was first reported by Chinese newspaper DigiTimes, which revealed the new components would be ordered from Foxconn electronics US-based Jabil – firms who worked with Apple in creating the iPhone 4, reports 9To5Mac.

'The metal bezel will be made of stainless steel using a forging process to enhance its sturdiness and reduce costs and manufacturing time,' reports DigiTimes. 

Other than giving the iPhone 8 a sleeker design, this move will ensure the glass panels in the front and back hold together.

And it should decrease costs by 30 per cent to 50 per cent.

Using stainless steel could send the iPhone 8 back in time, as this metal alloy was originally used on the iPhone 4 variants.

However, it would also mean this will be one of Apple's strongest smartphones yet.

This speculation is consistent with a major rumour – the iPhone could feature a curved OLED, which lets Apple include an edge-to-edge screen.

Aside from the rumours regarding the iPhone 8's body design, Apple received a new patent that also points to an edge-to-edge screen.

The patent, titled ‘Electronic devices having displays with openings’ describes a method that places electronic components – such as cameras and speakers – underneath the screen.

According to AppleInsider, the openings on the screen would be so small they would be ‘imperceptible to the human eye’ – resulting in a ‘true edge-to-edge screen’.

This setup would also make it possible to add in various sensors inside of the phone that could transmit information across the display.

‘An electronic component may be mounted in alignment with the one or more openings in the display,’ reads the patent filed in February 2015.

‘Signals associated with the electronic component may pass through the openings.’

According to Nikkei, there will be one premium model with a curved edge-to-edge OLED display alongside two models that have standard LCD displays. Citing a supply chain source, Nikkei says Apple will release the three iPhones in the following sizes: 5.5 inches, 5 inches, and 4.7 inches.

'Apple has tentatively decided that all the 5.5-inch, 5-inch and 4.7-inch models will have glass backs, departing from metal casings adopted by current iPhones, and Biel and Lens are likely to be providing all the glass backs for the new iPhones next year,' the source said.

All three iPhone 8 models will use glass supplied by Biel Crystal Manufactory and Lens Technology in China for both the front and back,

However, these rumours say all three of them will be held together with an aluminium frame. 


Apple's patents reveal flexible 'flip phone' handset design

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Apple has been granted another patent for a folding phone, fueling rumours it could be preparing a radical new type of device. 

Some claim the Cupertino brand's future iPhone could be influenced by 1990s flip phones, made popular by Motorola.

The new patent illustration shows how a hinge in the middle of the handset's display would enable it to bend in half.

The patent document suggests a flexible nitinol, a nickel and titanium alloy for the handset's support structure on one of several variations listed in the patent.

One version of the design leaves the screen hidden when the phone is folded in two, similar to clamshell phones of the past.

Another, leaves the screen visible, but reduced to half its size. 

The new design represents one of 39 patents that Apple has been granted today by the US Patent and Trademark Office, reports Patently Apple.   

Earlier this month, it emerged that Apple had been awarded a new patent for a foldable iPhone concept.

Apple first began researching this technology in 2013, but the new patent suggests the firm is still serious about making foldable phones a reality in the future.

The patent was filed on August 28, but was officially awarded to Apple on 2 November.

According to Patently Apple, Apple was able to keep the patent a secret by using an engineer's name during the filing process.

But the patent itself uses the iPhone name, and shows several images depicting the iconic iPhone design, including the distinctive home button.

The patent suggests that the future iPhone will be made of glass, ceramic, fibre, aluminium or plastic – materials that are all currently used in devices.

But it also introduces a new material in the form of 'carbon nanotubes', that would allow the device to be folded down the middle.

The patent says: 'Conductive carbon nanotube paths can form signal paths that are flexible and resistant to cracking.'

The tubes could be used in various parts of an iPhone, including portions of touch sensors, or in the camera.   

It also states that the device 'may have a hinge or other bendable joint.'

Samsung – one of Apple's biggest rivals – has also been looking at foldable phone technology, and has a large number of patents for similar devices.

Earlier this month, reports also suggested that future Apple devices will have wireless charging.

Foxconn Technology Group in New Taipei City, Taiwan is making wireless charging modules to go with Apple's next iPhone, due for release in 2017, according to an industry source familiar with the matter, Nikkei has reported.

'But whether the feature can eventually make it into Apple's updated devices will depend on whether Foxconn can boost the yield rate to a satisfactory level later on,' the source told Nikkei. 

It is not clear whether Apple would offer a wireless charging plate, along the same lines as the one made by Samsung for its Galaxy S smartphones.

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