Thursday, November 30, 2023

Apple “killed” replaceable batteries in mobile phones. Now they are going to use them in their AR glasses

There are a few weeks left for the possible launch of the Apple augmented reality glasses, also known as Apple Glass. Its most important characteristics, as well as information about its appearance, however, has been leaked on many occasions, and despite the fact that we already know practically everything about them, the rumors do not stop. The last one comes from Mark Gurman (Bloomberg), who Has revealed through your weekly newsletter important details about the connectors and battery of this device.

Gurman, in particular, affirms that the Apple Glass will arrive with two connectors. On the one hand, a dedicated USB-C port for data transfer. On the other, a cMagnetic connector that will serve to connect the battery to the glasses. Battery that, by the way, will be external, according to the journalist. That is, it will not be integrated into the glasses themselves, but will be connected independently.

This external battery for Apple’s augmented reality glasses is expected be similar in size and shape to the MagSafe Battery Pack that Apple announced in 2021. It will include, of course, a non-removable cable that will have a connector similar to MagSafe in the upper area. This will also be attached to the glasses by means of a mechanism that will block it to prevent it from being disconnected when the user is using the glasses.

MagSafe battery for iPhone 12 and later models.

Regarding battery life, Gurman says that this will offer approximately two hours of use. Therefore, those more demanding users or those who prefer to use the glasses for a longer period of time should buy more batteries and exchange them once they run out.

Apple Glass could arrive during WWDC 2023

Apple Glass, Apple VR Glasses

Everything indicates that Apple’s augmented reality glasses will be presented during WWDC 2023, the company’s developer conference that will begin on June 5. However, it is likely that they will not be commercialized until the end of next year.

According to the latest rumors, Apple’s augmented reality glasses will have two screens with a 4K resolution, as well as different sensors and cameras to allow the recognition of objects, the movements of the user’s hand and even the eyes. It will also integrate an M2 or similar chip, as well as a second image signal processor. This will be dedicated to improving the quality of distorted images captured through outdoor cameras. Apple Glass is expected to go on sale at a price of about 3,000 euros.

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