Among other things, smart vehicles, captivating AR / VR environments and the intelligence of edge-based devices will drive Apple’s new decade.
Apple’s patents granted in the last moments of 2019 show the light of its plans for the next decade.
What patents say
Apple won 31 patents on December 31, 2019. Three are of special interest:
A passenger security system for vehicles.
An intelligent headphone system that optimizes the sound according to how it is used. (Could this be a highly efficient spatial sound system for captivating environments?)
An Eye ID system for a head mounted display.
Somehow, these patents don’t mean much. Apple files hundreds of patents every year, and their existence does not always mean that the company will deliver products based on them.
But in other ways, I say a lot.
Apple is planning the 1920s
One of the ways it matters is that they serve to demonstrate that Apple continues to invest in the development of cars, wearable smart devices and the long-awaited glasses from Apple.
It’s a trifle of solutions that illuminate Apple’s goals for the next decade:
- Create a vehicle that defines transport in the same way that your iPhone defined your mobile device.
- Develops an end-to-end ecosystem of products and services for extremely captivating AR / VR experiences for commercial and consumer use.
- Develop perimeter information models based on information distributed between connected devices.
- We also know that the company is exploring healthcare, a sector for which Apple CEO Tim Cook says he will be remembered by Apple.
- Apple is obviously planning the next decade. With 5G services and devices set to proliferate around 2023, you can anticipate that Apple’s existing gaming and media services will be transformed into an immersive AR / VR gaming offering, while FaceTime becomes a viable chat solution. Business.
Apple will speak at CES for the first time in years
Think of connected devices and most people think of smart devices at home. Apple will appear at the annual CES trade event as an official for the first time I can remember. Jane Horvath is scheduled to appear on a consumer privacy panel on January 7th. Apple is also demonstrating its own smart home system, HomeKit, at the event.
Apple has announced its participation in a major open source partnership to improve the compatibility of many disparate smart device systems with Amazon, Google and others in 2019.
«Based on the Internet Protocol (IP), the project aims to enable communication between smart home devices, mobile applications and cloud services and to define a specific set of IP-based network technologies for device certification,» said the partners.
There is a great need to standardize and secure the Internet of Things. An FBI report in December warned of the security dangers of these devices, and the fact that most manufacturers are coming together to create an interoperable standard shows that they now understand it too.
Apple understood this more than any of them.
As devices become smarter, the information they collect also becomes more sophisticated. Finally, it’s easy to predict smart devices that work in groups to provide smart information that can be operated in your homes, workplaces, and factories.
What to look for
So how do we see these trials this year?
Apple will start switching to 5G with the launch of new iPhones in 2020. Don’t expect too much from 5G yet – most people won’t see stable and reliable 5G connections until 2022-23, and service deployments will be hybrid (5G / 4G) for a longer period of time. This ZeroHedge report explains some of the reasons for this.
The problem is that Apple (like most of the technology landscape) has realized that connectivity and bandwidth are absolutely essential to all the solutions it is now trying to make. (This is probably why the company continues to experiment with a satellite-based network system.)
And that also means that one of the most important components of Apple’s plans for the new decade will be the successful proliferation of 5G, Wi-Fi 6 and other networking standards (including the aforementioned IP-based standard for smart devices). ).
That’s why we need to watch Apple demonstrate its transition to 5G on iPhones and pay attention to various IP development partnerships (such as with Intel and Ericsson) as it tries to implement its own 5G network chips. self-developed.
The latter will be of particular importance, as these systems will become the brains of the network in any future Apple vehicle (or immersive AR / VR devices) and will have to work well with any other intelligent vehicle that could also be on road ..
This includes working through walls and underground, because ultra-wideband is more than AirDrop. Collision detection, anyone?