According to a Friday report in the Financial Times, Apple is still experimenting with multiple different prototypes of augmented-reality glasses -- including some where you might have to wear your iPhone on your head. While the goal (according to the report) is to "move cameras, sensors and screens from the smartphone to the face," the Times reports at least one of the prototypes would use the iPhone as its primary screen. (How are people supposed to see through an iPhone, you ask? Check out this iPhone-based AR headset.).
More importantly: if several different groups of engineers are still experimenting with several different prototypes, it's not likely we'll see one of them on shelves anytime soon, But it does seem likely that Apple's working on such a thing, seeing how it purchased a company that specializes in eye-tracking, and how Gizmodo discovered an incident report where girl soccer player watercolor print sports print soccer player poster iphone case Apple employees complained of eye pain after trying an unspecified prototype, Bloomberg reported that Apple was mulling smart glasses in late 2016, A few months later, tech evangelist Robert Scoble wrote that Apple was working with optics manufacturer Carl Zeiss..
Facebook has confirmed it's working on AR glasses, but warned that they will take a while. With or without glasses, Apple's new ARKit platform is already giving the company a foothold in the augmented-reality race. Research firm IDC said today it expects spending on virtual and augmented reality to double each year through 2021 -- at which point it could be a $215 billion industry. Apple didn't immediately reply to a request for comment. Here's what it's like to play Super Mario in AR. Don't hold your breath.
Bloomberg's Mark Gurman reports that Apple is planning a new version of the Apple Watch, one with its own LTE cellular data connection, by the end of 2017, Gurman has a solid track record for Apple leaks, The report isn't completely clear about which cellular carriers would offer the Watch, though Apple is reportedly already in talks with carriers in girl soccer player watercolor print sports print soccer player poster iphone case the US and Europe, and some sources explicitly named AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint as planning to sell it in the US, It's also not clear if all new Apple Watch devices would have LTE, or only some of them, Apple sells Wi-Fi-only versions of its iPad, charging a premium for cellular models, One of Bloomberg's sources says Intel is supplying the LTE modem for the new Apple Watch..
Apple didn't immediately reply to a request for comment. Here's our rumor roundup for the next Apple Watch. Bloomberg's Mark Gurman, a reputable source of Apple leaks, is behind the report. Like most smartwatches, the Apple Watch usually needs to be connected to a phone for most apps. But according to a new Bloomberg report, that could change by the end of the year. Be respectful, keep it civil and stay on topic. We delete comments that violate our policy, which we encourage you to read. Discussion threads can be closed at any time at our discretion.
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