“Apple is working on glasses that include augmented-reality features, according to a report by Mark Gurman at Bloomberg,” Ian Betteridge writes for Alphr. “The report claims the company is in an ‘exploration phase’ for a set of digital glasses that connect wirelessly to your iPhone and show images and information in your field of vision, like Google Glass, but are also capable of more full augmented reality. The rumoured release date for this device would be around 2018 at the earliest.”

“Gurman has an excellent track record with Apple rumours and has some of the best sources in the business,” Betteridge writes. “However, I think this story is a stretch and that we may not see any kind of AR device from Apple for quite some time.”

“The first issue is simply one of timing. Apple rarely moves first into a market, and consumer-level AR is still in its infancy… After the Google Glass debacle, no-one has really gone near consumer AR,” Betteridge writes. “I don’t have any doubt that Apple is exploring AR and VR… One day, there will be an Apple wearable that sits on your face, rather than on your wrist. But… I suspect Apple will be content to let other companies establish the market and then come in with its own product rather than trying to be first.”

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MacDailyNews Take: We wouldn’t go so far as to state unequivocally, “No, Apple’s next big thing won’t be smart glasses.”

Stylish eyewear that actually delivers useful data to wearers is potentially a huge market and Apple is exactly the company to deliver just such a wearable.

Apple Specs®. Smart glasses done right.

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