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Apple Vision Pro Hiding in Plain Sight for Years

  • Apple has been hiding ‘Apple Vision Pro’ in plain sight for years
  • Patent applications and patents from the last decade reveal the past and future of Apple’s Vision Pro headset
  • Patents for ‘smart rings’ to projecting a Mac’s desktop out onto the wall are a few of the ideas Apple has stored away

Apple has been hiding its ‘Apple Vision Pro’ headset in plain sight for years. Patent applications and patents from the last decade reveal the past and future of Apple’s Vision Pro headset. From patents for ‘smart rings’ to ones for projecting a Mac’s desktop out onto the wall, Apple has been quietly preparing for the release of its Vision Pro headset.

In 2015, Apple filed a patent for a Mac keyboard to be projected out of thin air. This would involve a camera or sensor on the Mac’s screen that would detect typing gestures. This technology can now be seen in the Vision Pro headset, with cameras looking from the Vision Pro wearer’s perspective, out toward their fingers.

In 2020, Apple filed a patent for an iMac that could have its display spill out onto the walls behind the device. This would involve projectors built into the iMac and relies on the device being able to allow for screen displays to be wider than on the physical Mac. The Vision Pro headset now allows you to take your Mac’s screen and resize it, reposition it, in just the same way.

Another impressive feature of Vision Pro is that it does not come with any kind of separate controller. Instead, you just shrug, or you press two finger together — and you can do that pretty much wherever your hands are. This technology was revealed in a patent application called “Electronic Device with Sensing Strip” in 2020.

In 2021, Apple filed a patent application called “System For Producing A Continuous Image From Separate Image Sources”. This technology was to allow one person to take a photograph using a whole group’s iPhones, all at once. This technology is most likely related to the recording features of the Vision Pro headset.

In 2021, Apple filed a patent called “Sensing System for Detection of Light Incident to a Light Emitting Layer of an Electronic Device Display”. This technology was to cut the bezels and embed sensors behind the glass in order to make the Vision Pro headset thin enough.

Lastly, Apple’s Optic ID system verifies the user of the Vision Pro headset much like all the smart glasses in “Mission: Impossible”. This technology was revealed in a patent from 2020 about verifying identity that was ostensibly for iPhone users.

Apple’s Vision Pro headset has been hiding in plain sight for years. With the release of the device, we can now see all the pieces of the puzzle come together.
For years, Apple has been rumored to be working on a smart ring, but it turns out they may have been working on something else the entire time. According to patent applications from 2020 and 2021, Apple may have been researching a wireless device that is worn on the finger and is connected to a head-mounted device such as an AR headset. The patents describe a system that would allow for interactive audio and graphics based on the user’s movement, enabling them to experience a virtual or augmented reality.

The patents also suggest the device could be used to control an external electronic device, and may have been designed as an accessory to the Apple Glass headset. William Gallagher, Apple Historian and Senior Editor at AppleInsider, has been following the rumors for years and points out the sheer volume of research that has been hiding in plain sight. Although the smart ring may never appear in a shipping device, it looks like Apple may have been researching the idea for use with its headset.

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