July 27th 2017
By Mike Flaminio
Patents usually mean nothing, but this is an interesting tidbit on what Apple may be thinking for augmented reality. The first is a pretty standard AR interface using a camera. The second suggests Apple maybe considering an AR wearable.
Apple primarily describes these abilities in relation to a phone: you'd hold it in front of you, the camera would capture the world, and the screen would overlay the context. But Apple goes a bit further than that near the end, saying it could also be applied to a "semi-transparent spectacle or glasses." In that case, your eyes would see the world, and the glasses would overlay digital information on top of what you're seeing.