The Apple Glass will not be a stand-alone device that will be useful without an iPhone linked up to it.
Apple is in the brink of shaking up the tech world with the announcement of its Apple Glass. It may arrive sooner than later within the year, but all eyes are set on what the capabilities of the device will be.
Microsoft and Google tried to go to the wide consumer market early in the development of their glasses. Unfortunately, they had to change their strategy and focus on bigger business enterprises as their market. It would seem like the consumer market isn’t ready for a wearable computing device on their faces.
Nevertheless, Apple seems to have learned from the mistakes of Google and Microsoft.
iPhone reliant glasses
The Apple Glass will not be similar to Microsoft’s HoloLens 2 or Google Glass. It will not be a powerful computer on its own. Instead, it will rely heavily on the iPhone exclusively for its function. In short, the Apple Glass will be similar to the Apple Watch when it first released.
In its first iteration, the Apple Watch was just a digital watch that had a tiny iPad-like display. It had to be connected to an iPhone most of the time for its useful functions to work. Now, it is a powerful machine on its own capable of tracking sleep and even measure blood pressure in the future.
The Apple Glass may enter the market similar to the Apple Watch according to some experts. It will have to be linked up with an iPhone for it to be useful.
Third or fourth screen for users daily
Should Apple actually release these glasses soon, users will have a third or fourth screen option to look at every day. The principal daily driver is still the smartphone. Smartwatches come in second, while tablets and laptops are users’ daily third screen. The Apple Glass can very well be another screen that users will turn to for instant notification for emails or text messages.
Unique take on smart glasses
Unlike the HoloLens and the Microsoft Glass, the Apple Glass will not have a camera on its body. The decision must have come from the fears of people having their privacy invaded. Nevertheless, the glasses may be expected to have a LiDAR scanner.
When triggered and working with the iPhone, a LiDAR scanner is a powerful tool that can identify objects in a surrounding without necessarily seeing them like a camera. The Apple Glass will not be able to process the data collected by the sensor, but the iPhone can.
When the Apple Glass senses objects around the wearer, the iPhone may send particular images or notification to the user. Technology has an infinite application. It can be used for physical safety, advertising, and augmented reality capacities.
The Apple Glass will reportedly ship at an affordable price of around AU$ 750 right out the gates.
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