At its largest developer conference, Apple has introduced many new tools around augmented reality technology (AR) that target developers and consumers – the technology that is supposed to be "left." Heart "of brand-name Apple smart glass.
Among dozens of announcements made at WWDC 2019 last week, Apple quietly laid the groundwork for a pair of smart glasses that have been rumored for years and are likely to be released in 2020.
Virtual reality, abbreviated as AR, is a technology that allows you to see and control virtual elements in the real world. This technology is said to be the "heart" of smart glasses branded Apple apples. And at the end of the 2-hour keynote last week, Apple announced a series of development tools designed to create unique virtual reality experiences.
Apple announced three major AR tools at WWDC 2019: ARKit 3, RealityKit and Reality Composer.
ARKit is the platform of AR on iOS. Published at WWDC 2017, ARKit allows developers to create applications with the ability to track motion, estimate space and light the environment. At the time of launch, ARKit basically made games like "Pokemon Go" look much more perfect. ARKit 3, published at WWDC 2019, focuses on how people really interact with AR.
This new framework is equipped with motion capture technology, so developers can integrate human movement into their applications. It also has the "people occlusion" feature, which users can walk around virtual content like in real life.
RealityKit is a new set of development tools that offer the ability to render realistic images, map environments, and create realistic effects like animation, 3D sound and motion ghosting.
Reality Composer is a new application created by Apple for iOS, Mac and iPadOS. It allows developers to create and deploy prototypes of AR experiences even if they have never created a 3D application before through simple tools like drag and drop.
Each tool that Apple introduced can be considered a "weapon" ready for developers to enter a major AR battle about to take place. It was as if Apple knew that the AR would soon become so popular. It can be seen that ARKit 3 is the foundation for Apple to convince consumers to come to the AR experience. If they want their smart glasses to succeed, users really have to feel overwhelmed by what they see inside the glasses. Moving forward or behind a 3D object may sound like nothing big, but it's a big step to make the AR experience really smooth. Next, RealityKit and Reality Composer, two completely new tools announced at WWDC, will make it easier for developers to create AR applications.
When people buy a new hardware, they will want to do a lot of things with it – that's when the application appears. If Apple launches its first smart glasses in 2020, developers will need these tools as soon as possible. Hopefully, along with it, we will witness a wave of AR applications rich in both quality and quantity at this time next year.
Of course, if Apple releases smart glasses, they will have to create their own applications for this device. Apple has reinvested in its own applications and services for the majority of 2019, so it is no surprise that many of the new applications that have been demonstrated at WWDC will also be brought to smart glasses.
Specifically, the Apple Maps application gives us the feeling it was created for smart glass. Apple overhauled its Maps application on iOS 13, which appeared later this year. The map is far more detailed, and it has a Street View version similar to Google Maps, called "Look Around". The new Apple Maps application will also have "better pedestrian data" and "more accurate address". Combined with the new 3D Look Around feature, we can see that navigation becomes extremely interesting and intuitive when wearing smart glasses.
We still don't know if Apple will port any other iOS application to smart glasses, but in a newsletter in 2017, Bloomberg said Apple engineers are testing a range of applications, from the map to Texting, to much more advanced features like virtual meeting rooms and 360-degree video playing.
Apple's glasses will run an operating system that the company internally calls "rOS", or "reality operating system". In March, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said the company's smart glass would be mass-produced in the middle of next year, and sold as an accessory for the iPhone, by the glasses. will take advantage of the power and network of iPhone to ensure compact design.