Apple acquires Akonia Holographics to strengthen its AR footprint

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In addition to other recent purchases, this is an extremely strong indicator that the Cupertino company is actively working on AR glasses.idropnews/Martin HajekAccording to Akonia's web site, its more than 200 patents result in a technology that can create "thin, transparent smart glass lenses that display vibrant, full-color, wide field-of-view images". Google attempted something similar with Glass, yet that product never made its way to the general public and eventually shifted towards business use with the Glass Enterprise Edition. It would make sense, then, for the $1 trillion company to just buy Akonia instead of licensing its technologies.

Apple has reportedly snaffled holographic glassware biz Akonia Holographics for an undisclosed fee, presumably to use its tech in augmented reality gadgets.

Apple for its part did not comment much on the acquisition, only saying "Apple buys smaller companies from time to time, and we generally don't discuss our goal or plans".

Augmented reality headsets now on the market such as Microsoft Corp's HoloLens and startup Magic Leap's Magic Leap One both use darkened lenses and are intended for indoor use.

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Apple might have one all-screen iPhone right now - the pricey iPhone X - but if you wanted a few more, you might get your wish. This essentially means that none of the 2018 iPhones will have Touch ID, and the devices will instead rely on Face ID.

But the company previous year launched augmented reality applications for its iPhones and iPads, and CEO Tim Cook has called augmented reality a "big and profound" technology development.

Akonia's website says the company was founded in 2012 to "develop advanced optical technologies based on holography" and that it turned its attention to the AR headset market only after "achieving revolutionary advances in holographic data storage". Apple's headset will purportedly have its own display and run on a new chip and operating system. Apple declined to comment on its plans or products.

Moving forward, we'd expect Apple to integrate Akonia's technology and release a new AR DevKit in 2019.

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