Just a week ago, Snapchat rolled out three exclusive Face filters as iPhone X’s TrueDepth camera mask lenses, and today, FCC has published a new filing for a “wearable video camera” that was registered by Snap Inc and designated as “model 002.” Here, the filing appears to be for the rumored second-generation Snapchat’s Spectacles device, with multiple snippets from the redacted documents specifically referencing the “Spectacles” brand.
Previously, it was reported that Snapchat is working on the second iteration of Snap Spectacles that would launch later this year and a third version equipped with two cameras set for 2019. Now, the Snap Spectacles have been spotted passing through the FCC.
According to the filing, one of the big changes coming to the second version of Spectacles resolves around support for the 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard and Bluetooth 4.2 (BLE). This alteration will help the glasses “support faster file transfers in the 5GHz band,” improving upon the first generation’s transfer speed issues. The second model will also support 4.2 (Bluetooth Low Energy).
Furthermore, the filing also shows up the packaging label, mentioning the wearable device will carry a Made For iPhone certification and come with the Spectacles, a carrying case, and a charging cable – similar to the original pair. Hopefully, we can expect the second-generation Spectacles model to come with water-resistance, new colors, updated camera eyewear with focus on performance improvements, bug fixes and more.
Additionally, the leaked filing also notes that a snippet that could suggest the frames will be redesigned in the second generation.
Also notable: Snap’s original Spectacles featured a FCC ID label on the inside of the temples. The new version will instead come with an electronic ID label, accessible within the Snapchat app, which could suggest a redesigned frame.
A previous rumor suggested that the 2018 update to the Spectacles will otherwise refrain from implementing any “dynamic changes.” That same report also stated that a third-generation pair of Spectacles expected for 2019 with an all-new design, built-in GPS, two camera lenses, and a better camera technology for “3D-like depth effects” in videos. A leather case is also expected with the forthcoming eyewear and the company is aiming to price it at $300 which is double than the original version.
However, Snapchat has now filed with the FCC, it’s still unclear when the new Spectacles will actually launch to the public eyes. If not, both rumored upcoming versions of the Spectacles are said to incorporate AR abilities of some kind, which could potentially compete with Apple’s own long-rumored “Apple Glasses.” Right now, Apple is searching for the “most compelling application” for AR glasses by working on “several different kinds” of prototypes.
There’s no guarantee that these Snapchat Spectacles Model 002 would be coming anytime soon, but again, we’re simply guessing that Snapchat may officially introduce them sometime this year. Stay tuned for more updates!