Apple's stock blasted through its $140 ceiling on market close, scoring a record high, and leaving us wondering what does Wall Street know that is coming down the pipeline. In sync with that event, the Apple Store is conveniently down
with the usual "we've got something special in store for you
" message that Apple uses when it is launching new products on its website. The store's maintenance is scheduled to last until 8:30 Eastern, when Apple typically outs its press releases, too.
Another reason that the stock is booming may be the appearance of renowned Apple analyst Gene Munster on the business CNBC channel, and his claims that the company will do something remarkable with AR, laying the grounds for a "paradigm shift" as soon as this year's iPhone 8
edition. Bloomberg already reported recently that Apple has hundreds of people working on augmented reality, including in the camera department, and will introduce AR first in its iPhone franchise:
One of the features Apple is exploring is the ability to take a picture and then change the depth of the photograph or the depth of specific objects in the picture later; another would isolate an object in the image, such as a person’s head, and allow it to be tilted 180 degrees. A different feature in development would use augmented reality to place virtual effects and objects on a person, much the way Snapchat works.
In any case, not much is left until the Apple store is back up again to gauge what the eventual new iPads will look like, while for the iPhone 8's eventual AR "paradigm shift" as per Mr Munster, we'll have to wait a few more months.