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By Dan Moren for Macworld
Rumors of an Apple augmented reality headset have been around for years, but in the last few weeks speculation has rapidly begun to ramp up, alongside suggestions that the product could be shown off as early as this year, and might even ship as early as next year.
On the one hand, maintaining skepticism is still healthy. Though Apple has had its share of product leaks over the years, it’s still a company that plays things extremely close to its chest—especially when it comes to prototype hardware. (Unsurprisingly, after the infamous incident in which a pre-release iPhone 4 was left in a bar nearly a decade ago, it’s been extra cautious.)
But the sheer number of rumors and amount of speculation are probably based on something, so it’s not a bad time to take a look at what a pair of Apple smart glasses could be, and the challenges that they have to overcome.