Apple Reportedly Partners with Carl Zeiss To Launch Smart Glasses This Year

As per blogger Robert Scoble, Apple is working with German company Carl Zeiss AG on a pair of augmented reality smart glasses. He expects the companies to unveil the smart glasses this year itself. Scoble’s information is based on a conversation that he had with a Zeiss employee at CES last week who confirmed the partnership between the two companies.

Interestingly, rumors about Apple working on its own pair of smart glasses have been few and far between. The last report from November 2016 was from Bloomberg which claimed that Apple was still in “exploration phase,” with nothing concrete in the pipeline. Thus, Apple going from the exploration stage to getting ready to launch a pair of smart glasses in partnership with Carl Zeiss in just a year is a bit too soon from the Cupertino company’s standards.

A Zeiss employee confirmed the rumors that Apple and Carl Zeiss AG are working on a light pair of augmented reality/mixed reality glasses that may be announced this year. (I thought it was next year but now that I saw this I believe it will happen this year).

It is possible that we can first see the partnership between Carl Zeiss and Apple bear fruits with the iPhone 8 due to be unveiled in September. The handset can possibly feature some augmented reality tech into its camera application — something which rumors have been pointing to since quite sometime.

Apple’s CEO Tim Cook has also repeatedly expressed his interest in AR multiple times. He had previously said that Apple was high on AR for the long run, with the technology being very “profound.

[Via Robert Scoble]