While the Snapchat Spectacles hunt continues, another big player is getting ready to plunge into the wearable industry. Apple is said to be working on a prototype of smart glasses that use augmented reality #objectmagic
According to a Bloomberg report, the Cupertino company is playing with the idea of a pair of glasses that connect wirelessly to the iPhone, displaying images and content in the user’s field of vision. It is said that Apple has already placed a small order of near-eye displays for testing and is cautiously thinking of launching this product as their first one with augmented reality.
As you know, Tim Cook has always been an advocate of this technology and a recently published patent has shown that combining AR with at least one of their key apps has always been in the cards. On the other hand, it’s no secret that Apple has secured the help needed for this kind of venture by acquiring companies such as PrimeSense (responsible for motion-sensing tech for Microsoft’s Kinect system), Metaio and Flyby Media.
If the rumors are true, the first pair of smart glasses is going to be unveiled in 2018, a couple of months after the reveal of iPhone 8 and the 10th anniversary of the iPhone.