Rumor: the iPhone will link with AR/VR headsets

Rumor: the iPhone will link with AR/VR headsets

A report from the Israeli website The Verifier — as noted by The MacObserver — says the upcoming “iPhone 8” will include an iPad Pro-like smart connector that may be the link up for augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality headsets. The article adds that the smart connector will also be used for charging, sort of like MagSafe for the iPhone. 

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Juniper: smart glasses shipments to reach 10 million by 2018

Juniper: smart glasses shipments to reach 10 million by 2018

Apple is considering expanding into digital/smart glasses, “a risky but potentially lucrative area of wearable computing,” according to Bloomberg, quoting unnamed “people familiar with the matter.” And Juniper Research (www.junipersearch.com) probably thinks Apple should look into “iGlasses” instead. New findings from the hi-tech research group that global smart glasses’ shipments will reach 10 million per annum by 2018, compared to an estimated 87,000 in 2014.

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Apple is doubtless keeping an eye on the (soon-to-boom) smartglasses market

Apple is doubtless keeping an eye on the (soon-to-boom) smartglasses market

The market for augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) smartglasses will approach $7 billion by 2019, predicts the IDTechEx research group. Let’s face it: right now, if you were walking around in public with bulky smartglasses on, folks would simply think you were weird. However, those glasses will get slimmer and, yes, smarter, and I have no doubt Apple is watching the industry.

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