Amazing Apple Card concept shows the power of augmented reality

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Concept shows the potential of Apple augmented reality.
Augmented reality could make an Apple Card even more user friendly.
Photo: Volodymyr Kurbatov

A concept artist created an answer for anyone dubious about the usefulness of augmented reality. His video demonstrates how AR could give an Apple Card user their balance and recent transactions with only a glance.

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The video “Augmented Apple Card” is the brainchild of Volodymyr Kurbatov. “There are plenty of demos that show some finance info on a card. I wanted to make it one step further and explore interactions in context,” he said.

The concept published April 14 shows the user seeing their balance through augmented reality just by picking up the Apple Card, rather than having to look this information up in their iPhone’s Wallet app. Flipping it over displays recent transactions. The user can even change what’s being displayed by touching the card.

This concept is only a dream right now, but demonstrates the potential of augmented reality to make our everyday lives simpler.

2020 is the year for Apple augmented reality

Analysts and rumormongers point to Apple making a big push into Apple augmented reality in 2020. An it’s already started by building a LiDAR scanner into the 2020 iPad Pro. This autumn’s iPhone Pro models are reportedly getting the same 3D scanner, which will be a considerable upgrade to its AR capabilities.

Augmented Reality superimposes images on the real world, so it needs an accurate 3D map of its area. In Kurbatov’s concept, the iPhone would need to know exactly where the Apple Card is and how it’s being held.

And iOS 14 will allegedly have an AR viewer built in. Using this application, potentially someone really could get additional information just by viewing their Apple Card.

Plus, this company is supposedly working on a set of AR glasses. These could launch in two years or so.