Siri’s been reading my messages and I love it

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Getting Siri to read iMessages is AirPod Pro’s best feature.
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As of iOS 13, you can have your iPhone read out incoming iMessages through your AirPods. And this — along with their awesome sound and noise-canceling abilities — is my favorite feature of the AirPods Pro. On paper, it’s a small feature in a long list. But in everyday use, Announce Messages with Siri makes a huge difference in how I use my iPhone.

Apple’s Reality Converter simplifies creating 3D augmented reality objects

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Augmented reality has the potential to revolutionize education, driving, shopping, medicine, and many other fields.
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Apple’s Reality Converter gives developers a free tool to convert, view, and customize 3D objects into USDZ, the file format Apple uses for augmented reality content. This is clearly part of the company’s drive to play a significant role in AR development.

Apple said to be working with Valve on first AR headset

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Valve already knows how to make headsets.
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Apple is reportedly partnering with Valve, the company behind Steam, to develop its first augmented reality headset. Valve already offers a virtual reality headset of its own for gaming. But its work with Apple is said to be focused on AR, which Cupertino thinks will play an increasingly important role in the future.

Apple’s first AR glasses could arrive in second quarter of 2020

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Apple’s first AR headset could launch in 2022, AR glasses in 2023
You can expect big things next year.
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Apple will launch its first augmented reality glasses in the second quarter of 2020, according to one reliable analyst.

Ming-Chi Kuo of TF Securities says the device could enter mass-production before the end of this year. The news comes just weeks after one rumor suggested Apple had shelved its AR glasses plans.

Facebook eyes 2023 launch for smart glasses project

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Zuckerberg has reportedly asked that the project be made a priority.
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Apple’s long-rumored AR glasses project could get some competition from the world’s biggest social network company.

Facebook is reportedly developing its own augmented reality glasses. The social network recently struck a partnership with Ray-Ban parent company Luxottica to speed the product along, according to a new report.

Snap’s Spectacles 3 are an ugly reminder why smart glasses aren’t ready

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This is as good as Spectacles 3 are ever going to look. For better or worse.
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Despite Apple’s focus on ARKit and augmented reality, it’s yet to release the AR headset it is supposedly working on.

Tim Cook has previously said Apple will only do it when it can do so in “a quality way.” Snapchat’s newly unveiled Spectacles 3 may be a reminder as to why Apple is hanging back.

Apple’s new iPod touch is the fastest yet — and all too familiar

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The new iPod touch looks just like the old one.
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Apple just surprised us with a new iPod touch that promises to be its fastest yet.

Powered by a speedy A10 Fusion processor, it’s built for gaming and immersive augmented reality experiences on the go. It’s also affordable, with prices starting at just $199.

The only problem is it looks just like the old iPod touch.