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Apple Glass: more glasses than visors, in the patent they serve to unlock the devices

"Apple Glass" it is not an official name, but what the network has associated with the AR / VR proposal that Apple has in development, and which will sooner or later be revealed (the image above is a render that tries to imagine them, nothing more). The latest rumors that we have reported even speak of 2022 for AR viewer, while del 2023 for a version more like a simple pair of smart glasses. The fact is that occasionally some details emerge and clues that testify toexistence of the project: like those of patent we are talking about today, filed with the USPTO last April and published in these days.

In reality the object of the patent are not the glasses, but a new way to authenticate with your devices. In fact, Apple notes that the user must constantly waste time to be recognized by what he uses, which creates an unpleasant friction in the overall user experience and in the transition from one device to another. At the same time, the solutions that have already been studied to deal with this problem – from Apple in the first place – are all based on the proximity of a device that unlocks them all: which poses security and privacy problems, as it is a system he is unable to understand the intention of the user, but bases its decisions only on the distance between it and the smart objects that surround it.

So far everything is clear, but what do glasses have to do with it?

In describing the solution, Apple includes a schematic illustration where an individual wears just what would appear to be an AR viewer. But that in reality then in the functions it would not behave like a viewer: in this case we have to choose whether to trust the design, which in these cases is often purely indicative and generic, or what the operation suggests.

Basically, to evaluate the user's intention, at least one of two conditions must be given: the devices must be able to notice if someone is looking at them, or a device that recognizes which other terminals they are looking at is required, to then determine which ones to unlock and keep ready for use.

A use of this type, as we anticipated, would lead us to exclude a too invasive design, which is typical of VR viewers, which would be uncomfortable and moreover not functional, since the purpose of Apple Glass would be to relate the user to the reality that surrounds it, and do not isolate it to immerse it in another.


Then circulate a other rumor which does not start directly from the Glass, but arrives if subjected to analysis. Colleagues from Macworld they have collected rumors from Japan that they speak of 802.11ay wireless technology on the next generation of iPhones. It is a very fast and short-range connection that has a therefore limited spectrum of use: one of the possible applications, of course, is to communicate the smartphone with devices wearable.

And so we come to "Apple Glass": technology WiGig (we talked about it a few years ago) is what we can already find, after all, in the wireless adapter for the Vive VR headset.

So it would seem possible that if Apple is working on an antenna for the 5G mmwave on the iPhone 12, contextually it is also implementing support for WiGig. At the moment however I am only speculation: to be clear, you will not need a VR viewer, but only wait.