Apple Glasses. They're fun to think about, and multiple rumors suggest they might actually be in development.
But they're probably not coming anytime soon.
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.
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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 itthat specializes in eye-tracking, and how Gizmodo discovered an incident report after trying an unspecified prototype. Bloomberg reported that Apple in late 2016. A few months later, tech evangelist Robert Scoble wrote that Apple was .
With or without glasses, Apple's new ARKit platformin the augmented-reality race. Research firm IDC said today it expects spending on virtual and augmented reality through 2021 -- at which point it could be a $215 billion industry.
Apple didn't immediately reply to a request for comment.