Fascinating!! The idea that the rediculous processing power of the iPhone could be used to make the glasses lighter sounds great, but it begs the question of how will the connection between them have enough speed without WiGig, which means we’d all need new phones to use it.
The patent office just published a couple of Apple AR applications that have to do with fit and cooling, but buried in them is eye tracking:
Since all of the processing power will be coming from the iPhone linked to it, do you foresee “iPhone 12-VR” models being introduced in the same way that PC manufacturers sell laptops optimized for video games (faster processor, better graphics card)?
And do you see a “Better than Life” future for us all? 😎
Apple definitely will not come out with a half-baked product like Google Glass, MS Hololens or Magic Leap One. On premium models initially, sure. Also, I'd expect that initial versions will be tethered to the phone by a cable (like Magic Leap). Later possibly transitioning to wireless. But in any case, a well-developed, polished and usable consumer oriented device.
And, yeah, in 5-10 years, I fully expect to use an AR display/device to do most of the stuff I do on the phone today. Will full, persistent AR overlay on reality (as wonderfully depicted in Vinge's Rainbows End) some time after that.
I read the synopsis of Rainbow’s End. So what are the advances that help the protagonist with Alzheimer’s? Facial recognition would be extremely helpful, I would think.
I don't think it's specified in detail. It's used as a vehicle for slowly immersing the reader into the strange world of the future. I whole heartedly recommend the book. Chock full of ideas and product fiction for the near future.