After the fall event last September, a new round of Apple products forecasts came back.
Last year, Apple restarted the iPad Mini and Air product lines, and also released a new iPhone with three cameras and heavily promoted service projects. Most important was the release of AirPods Pro, which finally ushered in the “noise-canceling era” for Apple’s own headphone line.
From the fourth quarter of 2019, the Internet is buzzing with news of Apple’s upcoming products, including a new MacBook Pro, a new iPad Pro and, three years later, Apple’s AR glasses.
- 16th-inch, Professionally-positioned MacBook Pro
Here’s a summary of the network messages about the 16th-inch MacBook Pro: The MacBook Pro is positioned as a professional production tool, similar to the iMac Pro, with a larger screen and narrower bezel. The keyboard is designed with scissors’ feet instead of butterfly. It uses a new Intel processor, a new graphics card, and a U1 chip for AirDrop transmission.
Overall, the 16th-inch MacBook Pro’s screen has expanded from the 15th-inch to the 16th-inch, but the current online comment suggests it should be similar in size to the 15th-inch model, except that it has a narrower border around the screen, allowing it to expand the screen without increasing the size.
- Apple Watch with Fingerprint Recognition
PatentlyApple recently revealed a patent that Apple filed in the second quarter of 2018, suggesting that Apple could embed a communications antenna and a fingerprint sensor in the Apple Watch. Currently, the Apple Watch uses a password to verify the user’s identity. The user needs to enter a four-digit password into the Watch screen when unlocking or making payments.
With the addition of a fingerprint sensor, the user simply presses the fingerprint on the screen to complete the verification. In terms of hardware, it’s highly possible for Apple to add on-screen fingerprints to its Watch. After all, password verification has been used with Apple Watch for five generations, and the Watch’s OLED screen also provides a relatively ideal hardware foundation for the fingerprint module.
- iPad Pro and Glasses for AR/VR
Since the first iPad Pro was released, Apple has been making the Pro a productivity tool for users. Now, Apple seems to want the iPad Pro to take on the task of running AR and VR devices. The Information recently released a report on Apple’s new AR and VR products. Sources told The Information in an interview that Apple is developing a series of new 3D sensing systems aimed at providing the hardware for AR augmented reality capabilities later.
According to people familiar with the matter, Apple is planning to launch a headset (internal code N301) that can combine AR and VR functions in 2021 or 2022. Functionally, the headset combines entertainment and office functions, allowing users to watch videos, play games and, of course, conduct AR-based video conferences. If used in the field of teaching, the headset might be used as a virtual classroom tool for students.
To advance the development of AR and VR devices, Apple has about 1,000 engineers who worked on the company’s gaming system and early iPhone hardware, software and manufacturing, and the project was led by former Dolby executive vice President and current Apple vice President Mike Rockwell. At present, the iPhone and iPad engineering teams are preparing to gradually integrate existing apps into the internal operating system code-named “rOS” for future head-mounted AR and VR devices.
In an interview, an insider said Apple had intended to release the AR glasses in 2020. But perhaps because of technical hardware problems or immature software, Apple decided to delay its release until 2023. In fact, some media have published Apple’s new patent technology for “color-changing lenses”, which can automatically adjust the transparency of the lenses by detecting the light around them. For example, in the environment with strong light, the lens will become dark, and in the indoor environment, they will become transparent. The purpose is to make it easy for users to see clearly the contents displayed in the lens, so as to realize the display of AR and VR images. Of course, it’s not difficult to describe this feature, but it involves the development of sensors, lens and display content for the glasses. Obviously, Apple needs a lot of time and technology to realize the function of AR glasses.