Amid the demand for more wearable smart tech, Apple has remained a leader with some of the most successful products like their best-selling Apple watches.
Recently, the market leader promised that avid Apple fans could look forward to new smart tech in the form of eyewear. Unfortunately, Apple’s smart glasses—the Vision Pro—won’t be available until early 2024. This is sad news for fans looking forward to the tech giant’s first modern eyewear, mainly since rumors of Apple’s AR glasses have emerged as early as 2021. Back then, the only thing that was known was that the brand was devoting more resources that would turn its current “science project” into a consumer product. Said “science project” is a head-worn device that the Apple team had reportedly been exploring and producing earlier that year.
While there are still a couple of months to go before the supposed Vision Pro release, you can try quite a few tech-savvy specs while you wait. Before that, take a look at what’s been said so far about Apple’s much-awaited Vision Pro:
Latest updates on Apple’s Vision Pro
Officially introduced in June 2023, the Vision Pro is an innovation that is exciting many Apple fans. Meant to be worn like a headset, Apple claims that the eyewear will be able to display 3D objects in the wearer’s “space” and be used to watch movies, navigate apps, and connect with others via FaceTime.
Recently, a ZDNET article detailed how the device is also drumming up attention for potentially reimagining the realm of 3D offerings. The glasses are said to provide a more immersive experience when using multiple apps, like Slack and Fantastical, thanks to its 3D user interface—something that Apple fans can look forward to. As mentioned earlier, though, while the Apple Vision Pro is definitely a launch to look out for, it’s not coming any time soon. Fortunately, there are other high-tech eyewear options that interested consumers can already find on the market.
Tech-Savvy Specs to Try While Waiting for Apple’s Smart Glasses
Ray-Ban has always been known as an innovative sunglasses brand. As such, it was no surprise that in 2021, the brand partnered with Meta to develop Ray-Ban Stories. This is, arguably, the most inventive release in the lineup of Ray-Ban sunglasses, which also consists of its recently reimagined classic models—like the Mega Clubmaster featuring an oversized browline and exaggerated temples, and the Reverse Aviators with its concave lenses. What sets Ray-Ban Stories apart from other smart glasses is its metaverse optimization. In fact, these glasses allow users to listen to audio, take calls, capture photos and videos, share them on social media, including the metaverse. It’s a staple pair if you enjoy sharing social media content on the go, as you can do so phone- and hands-free with this pair.
Xreal Air Glasses
Xreal is a tech brand that produces mixed-reality glasses. It was previously known as “Nreal” but recently rebranded to symbolize its growth. The Xreal Air glasses are among its latest creations, featuring the company’s operating system, Nebula, which is limited to Android devices. Users can connect their Air glasses to their phones to various experience apps like YouTube and Netflix. This feature makes it especially popular among mobile gamers who want a wireless, more immersive experience. While this pair is only available to Android users, it’s a great entry device into the competitor’s world—should you be curious to explore it.
Rokid is an artificial intelligence and robotics startup. Among its products are smart tech, including the Rokid Max glasses, the brand’s latest release. What makes this pair different from others in the market is that it provides visuals equivalent to a 215-inch screen—an impressive feature perfect for streaming enthusiasts. This results in a more impressive viewing experience that’s not too overwhelming, as it also has technology that makes it seem like the “screen” is 20 feet away. This simulates the visual quality and experience of a movie theater. The only downside is that the glasses must always be plugged into a smart device—a phone, computer, or tablet—where it draws its power and content.
Apple fans have quite some time to kill before the Vision Pro’s release. During this period, explore other smart glasses you may learn to love and eventually use alongside the Vision Pro next year.