Tim Cook is a fan of augmented actuality (AR). Revelation that isn’t, however the Apple CEO has waxed some extra on why he is a proponent of AR, and the way he sees it bettering our lives.
“I see AR as being profound,” Cook mentioned on the corporate’s first quarter earnings call on Thursday. “AR has the ability to amplify human performance instead of isolating humans. So I am a huge, huge believer in AR. We put a lot of energy on AR. We’re moving very fast.”
Cook was responding to an analyst’s query as as to whether Cook sees Apple ultimately offering an ecosystem of AR-enabled units past the iPhone and iPad. Unsurprisingly, Cook did not speak about particular gadget plans, however his response reveals that Apple may be very a lot centered on augmented actuality, and actively supporting its growth.
Cook pointed to the velocity at which ARKit has gone from model 1.zero to 1.5, and famous he “couldn’t be happier with the rate and pace of the developer community, how fast they’re developing these things.” ARKit is the developer framework Apple launched in iOS 11 that permits any iPhone and iPad to remodel into an augmented actuality machine.
But the Apple CEO would not go as far as to disclose and even tease what the corporate’s plans are for AR units, saying, “I don’t want to say what we may do, but I could not be happier with how things are going right now.”
No AR gadget… but
What we will glean from Cook is that the corporate will proceed supporting ARKit and AR options for the iPhone and iPad into the foreseeable future. We’ll seemingly solely see extra AR methods launched in future iPhones, such because the iPhone X2, and extra AR apps and video games for all iOS units come to the fore.
These, as Cook suggests, might amplify our efficiency, at the least by permitting customers to proceed interacting with the actual world whereas augmenting what they see with helpful and time-saving data.
One ARKit app already obtainable that demonstrates this potential is Ikea Place, which lets customers place true-to-scale furnishings of their residence to see what it seems like earlier than buying. We might not flip into superhumans in a single day (not but, anyway), however we will turn into extra environment friendly due to AR.
As for what Apple might have deliberate within the subsequent few years, it is lengthy been rumored that the corporate is creating a pair of augmented actuality glasses. These Apple AR glasses might reportedly launch in 2020, and whereas hires and patents have pointed to their growth, there is not any concrete proof the glasses exist but (although they most likely do).
Cook’s unwavering angle in the direction of AR at the least helps the notion of AR glasses. He has spoken beforehand about how he thinks AR will ultimately be as commonplace as “eating three meals a day“. He explained in early 2017 that he prefers AR over VR as a result of it “allows individuals to be present in the world but hopefully allows an improvement on what’s happening presently,” and in contrast AR to “a big idea, like the smartphone.”
So, do not anticipate a VR headset akin to the Oculus Rift or HTC Vive from Apple anytime quickly. In the meantime, search for extra AR apps and video games coming to your iPhone and iPad. It could also be a while earlier than we see a devoted Apple AR gadget, however the forecast is making one’s look appear ever extra seemingly.