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AR/VR Weekly | March 13, 2019

Apple may finally have my attention. A report claims that Apple is working on a pair of augmented re
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Apple may finally have my attention.
A report claims that Apple is working on a pair of augmented reality glasses that offloads processing to your phone. No need for a display that’s clunky or insanely expensive (I’m looking at you, HoloLens 2!). Convenient AR that fits in your pocket.
I like the idea here. Our smartphones already have a great deal of computational power, and the idea of walking around with a computer on my face and one in my pocket is unappealing. They should work together!
At the same time, I’m feeling a bit … impatient with the growth of AR for everyday folk like you and me. Microsoft’s HoloLens 2, as people tell me repeatedly, is for the enterprise, not consumer use. Pokémon Go and Harry Potter: Wizards Unite overlay images on your phone. I don’t think this a good use of AR, but boy howdy, they’re cool location-based games (and that’s a sort of map-based augmented reality).
But Qualcomm might beat Apple to the punch — and may have a better approach, as our Jeremy Horowitz noted last month (and continues to note whenever someone brings up the future of consumer AR).
I hope we see some movement on this, be it from Apple, Qualcomm, or someone else — this year.
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—Jason Wilson, GamesBeat managing editor

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