Apple is allegedly working on a major project related to Augmented Reality with the help of 1000 engineers, according to a recent research note from analyst Steven Milunovich and his team at UBS. The project is currently under development in Israel wherein the AR tech is widely expected to be a part of the iOS software integrated into iPhone 8.
There is another theory speculating that the Cupertino Company could be launching a pair of AR-powered glasses while a recent Business Insider report suggests we could see AR tech on the iPhone 8 through its revolutionary front-facing camera coupled with 3D mapping capabilities.
KGI Securities Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has long been backing the theory of implementing AR tech with a revolutionary front-facing camera that can create 3D mapping with stereoscopic vision.
Now, this theory gains further momentum as UBS researchers have pointed out that the new AR tech will be based on Simultaneous Localisation and Mapping (SLAM) wherein app developers can exploit the advanced AR features of the handset using a software development kit.
Apple has recently filed a patent for a future Maps application based on AR tech with access to street and business names appearing in 3D format on top of live footage, besides the ability to pop out key landmarks or buildings with the single shake of the handset.
"It gives the capability for both of us to sit and be very present, talking to each other but also have other things, visually, for both of us to see," Cook said earlier, while explaining the concept of upcoming AR tech on iPhone 8.