Apple’s augmented reality glasses won’t work without an iPhone

The first generation of Apple devices will need an iPhone or a Mac.


The augmented reality viewer that Apple is currently working on will require working connected to external devices, such as iPhones or Mac computers, to carry out demanding processing tasks for which it will not be prepared.

This has been assured by The Information portal, which has had access to Information about the custom processors that Apple is preparing for its new augmented reality viewers. This new device is expected to launch in the future.

The processor of this viewer will not have many of the functions present in Apple’s chips present in iPhone and Mac cell phones, such as neural processing units.

However, Apple has strengthened the function of sending and receiving data wirelessly on the chips for its viewers, which suggests that its operation could require having an iPhoneiPad, or Mac connected.

Likewise, Apple has enhanced other functions of its new processor, such as energy efficiency, to allow more extraordinary battery life. In addition to a CPUApple prepares an internal GPU for the viewer to perform essential functions.

In this way, Apple’s augmented reality viewer could repeat what happened with the first versions of the Apple Watch smartwatch, which initially required to be connected to an iPhone.

The Information collects that Apple is also preparing a vast image sensor for its viewfinder, as large as one of the image lenses. This element would be complex to manufacture.