Apple’s recently launched iOS 11 software could provide the basis for an Apple–branded pair of smart glasses, reports suggest.
That’s the sensational claim made by UBS analyst Steven Milunovich, who says the ARKit platform Apple revealed as part of iOS 11 looks like a precursor for a product he’s dubbed iGlass.
Augmented Reality (AR), which overlays graphics over real-world backgrounds a la Pokemon Go, has become a core concern for Apple of late.
CEO Tim Cook has talked up the technology in interviews and IKEA is said to be utilising the new ARKit software in a forthcoming update for its iPhone and iPad apps.
“Advanced sensors and camera capabilities will enhance the iPhone; eventually there could be independent hardware offerings, perhaps iGlass,” said Steven Milunovich.
“We can imagine a pair of glasses with quintessential Apple design (iGlass), which enable a Hololens-type experience.”
Hololens is Microsoft’s version of AR glasses that has failed to take off.
AR was a core part of Google’s failed Glasses project, although the tech has improved massively since that project was canned two years ago.
Apple has made no secret of the fact that it wants developers to create more AR apps for the iPhone, hence ARKit tools featuring so prominently at its recent WWDC event.
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