If the rumors are to be believed, something that we can look forward to by the end of 2022 would be Apple announcing their very own mixed reality headset. The company has been rumored to be working towards a pair of AR glasses that could potentially replace the iPhone one day, so this mixed reality headset is said to be the start of things.
However, it seems that Apple could find some competition from Google. This is according to a report from The Verge who has heard from sources that the company is apparently developing their own AR headset, codenamed “Project Iris”.
The report claims that prototypes are currently being tested right now at a Google facility in the San Francisco Bay Area, and that right now in its current form, it resembles a pair of ski goggles and apparently it will not require a tethered connection. If this is true, it wouldn’t be Google’s first attempt at a headset.
The company made waves years ago when they launched the Google Glass, but it ultimately did not pan out. Google attempted to dip their toes in the VR space as well with Google Cardboard, but that was also kind of met with a lukewarm reception. We’re not sure Google or Apple will have much luck with AR glasses now, but perhaps society in general could be ready for the tech now than they did 6-7 years ago, so we’ll just have to wait and see.