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Magic Leap lays off employees in shift from consumers to enterprise

Magic Leap lays off employees in shift from consumers to enterprise

Augmented reality, or mixed reality as some would call it, has always been touted as the future of computing more than its sibling, virtual reality. Even Apple CEO Tim Cook has been more supportive of AR efforts than VR, though it is mostly limited to iPads and iPhones so far. Mixed reality headsets are almost impossible to come by if you're a consumer, even if a well-funded one. If you were hoping that Magic Leap would be the one to commercialize AR for good, however, its latest announcement will probably sound more like a death knell that a business-saving strategy.

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Apple may have a VR/AR live event tech specialist in its sights

Apple may have a VR/AR live event tech specialist in its sights

Apple could be close to buying a virtual reality company focused on streaming immersive sports, music, and entertainment experiences, as the Cupertino firm readies its big tech and content push for VR and AR. Though Apple currently doesn't have a virtual reality hardware product of its own, platforms like ARKit and recent devices like the LIDAR camera on the new iPad Pro have made it clear that the augmented reality is high on its agenda.

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iPhone 12 Pro leak points to long-awaited LiDAR feature

iPhone 12 Pro leak points to long-awaited LiDAR feature

The iPad Pro's inclusion of a LiDAR system wasn't exactly unexpected but it was still surprising to some extent. Leaks have hinted at Apple taking the professional tablet's cameras in that direction but more probably expected the technology to come to the iPhones first. It turns out that, probably due to scheduling, the iPad Pro was only getting a head start and the iPhone 12, specifically the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max, will be getting that same camera and sensor combo for improved 3D object identification.

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Pokemon GO and Niantic Labs games adapt to a new, indoor world

Pokemon GO and Niantic Labs games adapt to a new, indoor world

Shelter-in-place orders and quarantines have shaken up businesses around the world. That includes not only those that require workers to come into work physically but especially those whose business revolves around people actually going out and walking around. Niantic Labs' games have been hailed for getting people to be more active, perhaps almost too active, but now the company is scrabbling to ensure players are still able to enjoy this AR experiences even when stuck inside their homes.

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Facebook’s smart glasses just found their AR lenses

Facebook’s smart glasses just found their AR lenses

Facebook has locked up an exclusive supply of smart glasses displays, inking a deal with a microLED specialist that could one day put digital lenses in wearable computers. The agreement with UK display-maker Plessey boxes out rivals like Apple, Google, and others from an augmented reality display-maker, a move that could be pivotal when AR wearables become market-ready in the coming years.

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Apple AR/VR headset controller test device leaked

Apple AR/VR headset controller test device leaked

Today we're looking at what's likely an internal testing device made by Apple for the near-future release of AR/VR experiences aplenty. This isn't the first we've seen of this sort of hardware - it's not particularly unlike hardware used by HTC and Oculus/Facebook for their own VR headsets. This new leaked look at Apple hardware is almost certainly meant for internal testing only, as it has a certain... unrefined sort of look.

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ARKit 3.5 released to use new iPad Pro’s LiDAR

ARKit 3.5 released to use new iPad Pro’s LiDAR

iOS 13.4, along with iPadOS 13.4, isn't the only big software release that Apple rolled out today. As part of its gift to iPad Pro users, it has announced the availability of ARKit version 3.5. Its biggest new feature is support for LiDARs which, of course, requires the new 2020 iPad Pro hardware. It may, however, also prefigure what may be coming to this year's iPhones as well.

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New iPhone 12 Pro leak suggests 3D is key for Apple’s 2020 flagships

New iPhone 12 Pro leak suggests 3D is key for Apple’s 2020 flagships

2020 is shaping up to be the year that Apple embraces Time of Flight sensors, with new evidence indicating at least some versions of the new iPhone will feature the depth-tracking camera tech. While typically found alongside regular cameras, ToF sensors generally rely on light invisible to human eyes, tracking the distance to objects in the room.

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iPhone with “world-facing” 3D depth camera may finally happen this year

iPhone with “world-facing” 3D depth camera may finally happen this year

There is still some uncertainty about the launch schedule of Apple's devices due to the COVID-19 pandemic but that doesn't mean expectations for the next iPhones would be low. According to the latest rumor, the next iPhone or the one after that will sport a "world-facing" 3D camera, the same 3D camera that has been rumored for the iPhone repeatedly for each and every generation and has so far repeatedly failed to show up.

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This XR2 headset design is key to Qualcomm’s vision of 5G mixed reality

This XR2 headset design is key to Qualcomm’s vision of 5G mixed reality

Qualcomm has revealed its newest 5G mixed reality headset reference design based on the Snapdragon XR2, a wirelessly-connected VR and AR shortcut for manufacturers to bring new models to market. While it may look a whole lot like the XR1 reference design, this new version adds in 5G connectivity and higher-resolution displays, among other improvements.

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HTC Project Proton: VIVE XR glasses-style devices with Matrix aesthetic

HTC Project Proton: VIVE XR glasses-style devices with Matrix aesthetic

The future is slightly cooler than the present, according to a pair of prototype devices revealed today by HTC. This is HTC Project Proton, a prototype (a pair of prototypes) for "XR glasses-style" devices "from HTC Vive." Specs are forthcoming, but we've got some imagery of both different sorts of device. These prototypes were made specifically to gather public opinion well in advance of production.

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Apple Quick Look could let you buy furniture in the AR app directly

Apple Quick Look could let you buy furniture in the AR app directly

Although it has repeatedly and publicly professed its preference over virtual reality, Apple has yet to capitalize on augmented reality in a big and long-lasting way. Sure, its ARKit framework has useful applications, perhaps outnumbering Google's equivalent ARCore, but most have been just that, demonstrations. Quick Look is one such example but it might soon be getting the attention of retailers by enabling a very tempting feature: AR-based e-commerce.

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