Apple has been granted a new augmented reality-related patent for a transparent display. The patent is for a display with a high field of view, and is actually an update of an earlier patent filing from 2006.

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Here is one of Apple's claims in the patent, as found by Patently Apple (via Road to VR):

"A computer program product, stored on a non-transitory machine-readable medium, for projecting a source image in a head-mounted display apparatus, the head-mounted display apparatus having a display operable to project a display image viewable by a user and a peripheral light element positioned to emit light of one or more colors in close proximity to the periphery of the display, the computer program product comprising instructions operable to cause a processor to: receive data representing a source image; generate, based on the data representing the source image, a display image; generate, based at least in part on the data representing the source image, a set of peripheral conditioning signals to control the peripheral light element; display the display image on the display; and use the set of peripheral conditioning signals to control colors emitted from peripheral light element."

It's important to remember that the existence of a patent does not mean that Apple is creating such a product. Large companies routinely patent a wide variety of potential devices and applications. Still, there has been a good deal of noise around Apple and AR and VR in recent months, and the company could very well be working on such a product.