Apple Glasses is a new Apple product that has been around a few years. No, you can’t buy one. Apple won’t even give us specifications or a show and tell. Glasses is heralded as the next iPhone killer, but it won’t be.
If anything gets killed by Glasses, it will be Apple Watch. Here’s why and why it won’t matter.
All of us assign a value to our Apple gear. The Mac has power and screen real estate; some mobility if it’s a Mac notebook. iPhones are highly mobile, of course; more so than iPad or Mac, but less so than Apple Watch.
The smaller the display, the more mobile the device.
Let’s stake out the future with some consideration to a pair of iPhone-like, Watch-like Apple glasses. Bigger display than Watch, therefore, capable of displaying more information. Add an improved Siri to the mix and you get what is almost an iPhone on your face.
As much as die-hard Apple customers love our gear, we have limits. We can use Watch away from iPhone, but not for too long. We can use iPhone away from Mac or iPad. All three of the major devices are independent but work well together thanks to Apple’s ecosystem.
Watch is different because, even with LTE and Wi-Fi, it remains tethered to iPhone; just not for every moment of every day.
How will Apple Glasses differ?
Screen real estate. Once you’ve used a Retina 5K iMac then anything else is, well, less. How about an iPhone-like display on your face in the form of a pair of glasses; initially tethered to your iPhone of course, but over time much like Watch.
If Apple Glasses can do all Watch can do and probably more, then do you need both? Will Glasses that mimic and improve upon what Watch does now be an appropriate and public representation of the iPhone?
I think so. Of course, Glasses likely will cost more than Watch, so that alone will diminish the market size, but would standalone 5G capable glasses with iPhone-like functionality negate the need for an iPhone?
Not unless Apple can get the same power into a smaller device with similar battery life and capabilities. It took the iPhone a few years to become a hit. It took Watch a few years to become a hit, too.
Apple Glasses with the capability of handling prescription lenses and perform more functions than Watch will be a hit. If we can afford it.