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AR/VR Digest: Preview of Apple’s Big Event

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Where Does Microsoft’s Mixed Reality Stand?

With much of the “reality wars” focus being shifted to AR with Apple’s ARKit and Google’s ARCore, what is the state of Microsoft’s MR hardware?

It wasn’t so long ago that Microsoft, and the HoloLens, looked like it was going to take the concept of AR and VR to the next level. However, it seems they have been a quiet player in the space, and perhaps by design (see its expanded partnership with Adobe).

Some hardware-developing companies, including Acer, are still putting plenty of eggs in the Microsoft MR basket. In fact, the company’s chairman, Jason Chen, estimates that the MR market will reach 10 million units sold a year in the next few years.

These are bold predictions, especially with AR platforms dominating much of the news right now. However, with hardware from the likes of Acer, Dell, HP, Microsoft, Facebook, and Google continuing to evolve, a merging of AR and VR is probably closer than we think.

What to Expect From Apple’s Big Event

Apple events are always exciting. This one could possibly be one of the most significant in the company’s history. After all, it’s the 10th anniversary of one of the most culturally influencing products of all time: The iPhone.

There have been plenty of leaks regarding the new iPhone, so I’ll let you pursue at your leisure.

In terms of AR, there will surely be more fun to come. After Apple launched ARKit, developers spent the summer building awesome, functional, and weird stuff in AR. It is likely there will be creative demos, new features and functions, and a lot of talk about how your big-screen iPhone could be the window to a whole new AR/MR landscape.

Overall, it will be exciting to see how all Apple envisions its products, including ARKit, working together to create seamless experiences.

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