Every little bit of new light that pours on Apple's rumored augmented reality plans is irresistible, and the latest comes from a very powerful source – a former Apple engineer who worked on the iPhone.
Ken Ken Kocienda joined Apple in 2001, back when people were still wondering if the Internet would last and long before the smartphone as we know it went.
Kocienda left Apple a year ago and now He's telling his story in a book describing his experience working on the smartphone giants, as Steve Jobs was still shaping the vision of the iconic tech brand.
Titled Creative Selection: In the design of Apple during the Golden Age of Steve Jobs the book gives Kocienda's perspective as a software engineer who "directly responsible for experimenting with novel user interface concepts and writing Powerful, easy-to-use software for products including the iPhone, the iPad and the Safari web browser. "
But what's most interesting is his comments on CNBC on Tuesday regarding Apple's future and AR. When asked what he thought was the next big innovation in software, the answer was immediate and clear:
"What really interests me in technologies like augmented reality," Kocienda said.
"You could take your phone and you could point its camera at something in the world and it would tap into the network hardware and software and it would all work together to let you have a feature like … you travel to a foreign country and you do not speak language, well, you could just point the camera at a sign and just translate it. "
Of course, long-time users of the Google Translate app on both iOS and Android will know that Kocienda is only available A simple example for those who are unfamiliar with the app. Nonetheless, its reference points to one of AR's most powerful utilities today, many of which do not know yet, an app that converts foreign text material into your native language almost impeccably right in front of your eyes through the camera of your smartphone.
"This type of integration," says Kocienda, "of all these features, the hardware, the software, the networking, it makes some pretty exciting products."
Comes from Kocienda, who has almost certainly been sworn by Apple to secrecy, that's still a pretty meaningful comment. We know that Apple often starts working on new product categories years in advance, and Kocienda was still part of the Apple Think Tank last year. His excitement about AR is significant in that it illustrates Tim Cook's recent statement about AR, which changes everything and makes it even more poignant.
Unfortunately, Kocienda sheds little light on the rumors about Apple's AR Smartglass. Based on a few excerpts from his book describing how he was able to foresee the iPhone he helped create until his launch, he may never have been confronted with Apple iGlasses information  but he is the most prominent longtime insider who has left Apple's halls in recent months, and his vision for the future is fully focused on AR. So, given the history of Apple and its team members, Kocienda's comments are just as much a clue as we need to say that more things are likely to come from Apple in the relatively near future than mere AR apps.