Apple’s AR Glasses Won’t Be the Next iPhone. They’ll Be the Next iPad

10 years ago, what we now know today as the iPad was the most hyped tech product of the 2000s. Apple’s then heavily rumored and highly anticipated tablet was made out to be a revolutionary new product that would utilize sate of the art technologies to provide a device with a user experience so new and unique that it would forever change the way we used computers. The iPad held the promise of transforming the then-bland personal computer the same way that the iPhone had transformed the then-bland mobile phone just a few years earlier. Then it came out. The easiest way to describe the general public’s initial response to Steve Job’s grand unveiling of the iPad is to say that the amount of disappointment that coincided with said announcement was equal, if not even greater than, the amount of hype that led up to it. The iPad was simply so overhyped, and really, misunderstood, that when people finally got to see it, they saw an oversized iPhone, and not a revolutionary new computing device. Of course, as the iPad continues to advance as a product, the latter of these two descriptions becomes more and more visible, but that doesn’t help the fact that the public’s initial response to the iPad was a relatively underwhelmed one. And where this applies to the rumors and speculation surrounding Apple’s potential AR product is in the hype that can be seen in those rumors. Like with the iPad, Apple’s AR glasses- if they even exist- have been rumored for years, and as time goes by, those rumors, and more importantly the hype that comes with them, continue to grow. Through this comparison its easy to see how similar the time leading up to the announcement and release of Apple’s AR product is to that of the iPad’s. Furthermore, this similarity found between these two devices will likely continue to develop once whatever AR device that Apple is rumored to be working on finally gets released. To conclude, like with the iPad, Apple’s AR glasses won’t change the world, and they won’t change the way the world makes computer, but, by peeling away just a few more layers at most of complexity, they will, if gradually, change the way we use them.

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