Take a look at Apple's recent earnings reports, but it's not just noticeable that Apple's R & D spending in recent years has grown into a pretty impressive clip. In the last june quarter, for example, Apple spent 3.7 billion dollars on R & D related expenses. As a comparison point, the figure is greater than the entire Apple 2012 R & D budget.
So exactly what is Apple up to, right? While Apple tends to keep calm about upcoming products and technologies, one of the more exciting rumors we've seen, focused on Apple, eventually released a pair of AR-driven smart glasses once in the not too distant future. Just this month, the reputable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo issued an investor listing claiming that Apple will release a pair of smart glasses with a "revolutionary user interface" in 2020, centered on a submerged AR experience. In light of it, Reuters is now reported that Apple recently acquired a launch of expertise in smart glasses lenses.
According to the report, Apple has confirmed its acquisition of Akonia Hologrpahics, a Colorado-based startup.
Akonia says that screen technology allows for "thin transparent smart glass lenses that show vibrant, full color, wide field of view." The company has a portfolio of over 200 patents related to holographic systems and materials, according to its website.
The Akonia acquisition is the first clear indication of how Apple can handle one of the most scary challenges of expanded reality hardware: The production of crystal clear optical displays is thin and light enough to fit into glasses that look like everyday frames with images that are bright enough for outdoor use and suitable for mass production at a relatively low price.
In particular, Tim Cook said last year that playing the technology needed to make smart glasses a reality was just not ripe enough. Maybe Akonia is an answer to that problem.
"But today I can tell you that the technology itself does not exist to make [smart glasses] in a quality way," Cook said last October. "Screen technology is required as well as putting enough things around your face ̵
In addition, the acquisition is particularly exciting given that Apple is in sharp contrast To some other tech companies tends to make acquisitions only when it plans to integrate the company's technology into an existing or upcoming product line. Along with the myriad of other rumors we've seen Apple's interest in AR-driven smart glasses, it's the reason why these mythical glasses we've heard of for years can actually become a freight product sometime in the next few years.
As in previous rumors we have seen Apple's smart glasses, an alleged Foxconn insider told a number of interesting details about the product last year. In other words, you will definitely take these details with a large salt grain. It claims that the insider claimed that Apple's smart glasses will play a resolution of 428 × 240, will incorporate a microphone for Siri support, and will also be able to call.