Rumor: Apple explores the production of smart glasses to wirelessly link with the iPhone



Remember Google Glass? Sure you do. The smart spectacles never lived up to the very first video that showed us what a typical day in the life of a Google Glass wearer would be like. But as it turned out, there were some things about the device that didn't appeal to consumers, especially the $1,500 price tag. Thanks to the built-in camera, there was also the douche bag effect that tainted all Glass wearers and led to numerous eateries, theaters and bars banning the device from their premises.

Now, it appears as though Apple wants to try its hand at producing smart glasses. Apple's intelligent spectacles would wirelessly pair with a user's iPhone in a manner similar to how the Apple Watch links to an iOS powered handset. In addition to showing images from an iPhone, the smart glasses would also employ Augmented Reality.

Don't expect Apple's smart glasses to be available soon. Apple has ordered some parts and components for testing according to Bloomberg, but not enough to indicate that mass production is imminent. According to one person who apparently is in the know, the product wouldn't see the light of day until 2018. 

Back during the summer, Apple CEO Tim Cook raved about AR and the rumored glasses could be Apple's first AR product. Hopefully Apple learned something from Google's problems and doesn't promise more than it can deliver.


Take a nostalgic look at Google's first video for its 'Project Glass' video by clicking on the video at the top of the story.

source: Bloomberg

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29 Comments

1. QWIKSTRIKE

Posts: 1458; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

Something else that Apple invented. Let's see how they do it

3. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

I curious, when has Apple EVER said they invented anything? I'll wait.....

7. Unordinary unregistered

Shhhh. Dont make the virgin angry

12. tedkord

Posts: 17181; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Multi-touch.

14. MDCHO

Posts: 769; Member since: Jul 28, 2016

Steve Jobs say Apple invent multitouch. “We have invented a new technology called multi-touch…and it’s phenomenal.” –Steve Jobs at the Macworld Expo 2007 keynote that introduced the iPhone Here is youtube video where he say it. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ec76iwztQok&feature=related

18. AlikMalix unregistered

He was specifically talking about the AR glasses when he replied to the first comment. I though it was apparent. Over the years Apple has a vast portfolio of innovations and inventions. But we all see Apple as a company that stitches together specific innovations into a product that allows a consumer to take advanatage of those innovations on a practical everyday manner. The thing though, before iPhone there was no device that had multitouch on a consumer level and on a tiny device like a phone. The most notable was Diamond Touch made by Mitsubishi which was a screen the size of a table that allowed multiple users interact with the screen UI - it was a prototype just like anything else before Apple made it work properly on an everyday consumer product - everyone else followed!!!

19. MDCHO

Posts: 769; Member since: Jul 28, 2016

NO. Kiko007 not talk about any specific thing. He say "when has apple EVER said they invented anything?" You make excuses for him now. Lot of company has lot of innovations. Nobody claim they make something they did not except apple. Apple don't invent multitouch. Period. Multitouch out before apple make phone. Period. Stop making excuse for apple and tell the truth.

22. AlikMalix unregistered

What consumer product before an iPhone had multitouch? But, yes, he replied to the poster that already jumped to accusing Apple of claiming they inveneted something when Apple hasn't even announced anything and this is just a rumor by some speculator. Just try to understand how dialog works.

26. MDCHO

Posts: 769; Member since: Jul 28, 2016

I know how dialog work. I am not idiot. You are making excuse. How can you speak for him? Let him speak for himself. Until he clarify himself, I will believe that he mean what he type exactly. I do not assume like you. Maybe you should try and understand how dialog work. Apple did not invent multitouch. You are blind apple fan if you believe such thing. And nothing you say prove my link wrong. Steve Jobs say apple invented multitouch and they did not. Period.

20. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

He never said Apple claims they invented things, but a lot of people are under the impression Apple does. So their marketing works well. Take for instance beacons, a lot of people think Apple invented them when they have not. And this goes for a lot of stuff we see nowadays, the common man thinks Apple invented it.

27. QWIKSTRIKE

Posts: 1458; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

I just love all the bs, over my statement. You made my point.. I thank you for your thoughts. I never claimed that Apple invented anything, but if they do make a product isheep act as if, they are the original inventor. Apple copied Android so much why not keep the tradition going with this aledged product. All of the new features in ios minus forced touch already is in Android.. I have a big bag of popcorn and a Sam adams to wash it down lol.

28. AlikMalix unregistered

Because your statement was attempt too troll. You never used iOS if you think that the only thing iOS has over android is forcetouch.

2. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Just let them DO something interesting. It's not gonna be powerful enough to outdo HoloLens, so I expect it to at least be feature packed. And no, not with a bunch of goddamn games and fitness trackers. I want genuinely useful applications to take full advantage of AR. To be honest, I really want them to go the HoloLens route with a headset based computer model rather than this.

4. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Looks like what fans said of Samsung is now actually true of Apple. Just throwing crap at the walls and seeing what sticks. Let's see how true it is, that Appple. An out their logo on a piece of shizzzzzz and still sell ot. Oh wait, the Apple Watch ain't doing all that well.

6. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

"Oh wait, the Apple Watch ain't doing all that well." The watch that has over 60% market share isn't doing well? What does that say about the other competitors (if you can even call then that)? "Let's see how true it is, that Appple. An out their logo on a piece of shizzzzzz and still sell ot." That damn "Appple" right? It's like you enjoy being shamed.....are you a masochist? "Just throwing crap at the walls and seeing what sticks." Your psychological state of mind has nothing to do with this article lol..... "Looks like what fans said of Samsung is now actually true of Apple." ..........?!???!?????????

8. AlikMalix unregistered

Unfortunately for your logic - whatever Apple "throws against the wall" actually sticks and outsells whatever Samsung has sliding off the walls!!!

10. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

I don't know why....but feces IMMEDIATELY came to mind with that "sliding off the walls" portion. Not even joking..... *He says while erasing his browser history*

11. AlikMalix unregistered

I didn't mean for any euphemism, just the opposite of "sticking on the wall".

5. lyndon420

Posts: 6589; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Having it priced right will be the main thing. Google failed by making it so expensive...that and people weren't ready for head mounted tech because apple wasn't exploring that concept yet.

9. AlikMalix unregistered

That is actually a great point. I hope you weren't sarcastic.

24. lyndon420

Posts: 6589; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Of course I was being sarcastic. When Google did it people started calling users Glassholes. If apple makes this thing capable of taking pictures etc, and it becomes accepted in the mainstream...well that will show us just how narrow-minded alot of people really are. Wouldn't you agree?

29. AlikMalix unregistered

What if Apple does it without the ability to record or take pics? What if they design it that doesn't look so damn dorky? What if it is just and AR product and that's it? What if Apple does it better, (again)? I know it can all be just another dorky creepglasses, but if Apple does release it - I guarantee it will be accepted by masses because either people understand true need for them or it will be a better product that everyone hoped google glass would be.

21. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Consumers were perhaps not ready, businesses were. I know a lot of businesses were sorry to see Google stop that project.

23. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Perharps, ths $1.5K price tag meant to say the Google Glass was geared towards the enterprise, and was not a consumer-centric device.

13. techbuttcheex

Posts: 202; Member since: Jul 25, 2015

First thing I need is a smart cock ring to notify me when I'm experiencing an erection and/or monitor the semen production in my balls!

16. AlikMalix unregistered

You should see a doctor, could be psychological.

15. MDCHO

Posts: 769; Member since: Jul 28, 2016

VR and AR seem interesting. I want to see more of this from other phone maker as well.

17. TrackPhoneUser

Posts: 256; Member since: Oct 21, 2015

iGlasses.

25. aljololzz

Posts: 85; Member since: Nov 07, 2016

great

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