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Will Apple augmented reality glasses be better than Google Glass?

Reports are indicating that the iPhone maker is looking to broaden its wearable technology offerings.

A recent report from Bloomberg has pointed to a serious possibility for Apple augmented reality glasses in the future. This is an area where several companies have attempted to make headway in the past, but where none have managed to reach mainstream success.

Primary among those efforts was Google Glass, which is no longer being sold.

Bloomberg cited unnamed sources who are “familiar with the matter” who asked to remain anonymous. That said, they also pointed out that the Apple augmented reality glasses remain in a phase closer to the exploration level. It doesn’t appear as though these devices are anywhere near being ready for the company to sell.

Apple Augmented Reality Glasses - Image of Hololens AR GlassesThe concept would be a pair of AR glasses that would wirelessly connect to an iPhone. This would allow a wearer to see the device screen displayed in front of his or her field of view. This may be displayed in augmented reality, in standard format or it could take another direction altogether.

Apple augmented reality glasses have been a topic discussed between the company and possible suppliers.

The sources for the report also stated that Apple has placed orders for limited batches of near-eye displays from one of its suppliers. They claimed that the purpose for those displays was for testing. That said, they also underscored the fact that the iPhone maker has not ordered nearly enough parts to suggest that they have any intention to launch mass production at any time soon.

If Apple decides that it would like to move forward with wearable technology glasses, one source says the earliest unveiling would be in 2018.

It’s important to remember that the company is known for testing broad spectrums of technology. While it may move forward with some, it will completely recreate others before launch or may decide to pause them or drop them altogether.

Just because there are Apple augmented reality glasses being tested, it doesn’t necessarily mean that it will be added to the company’s product lineup. As is the tradition of the company, spokespeople declined to comment on unannounced projects or upcoming products.

The Apple Watch is becoming an insurance metrics tool

Since John Hancock released its “Vitality” mobile app, the smartwatch users have been able to try for better premiums.

Recently, the John Hancock life insurance company announced that it would be using wearable technology to allow customers to prove that they are a lower risk for their coverage so that they can earn discounts, and this opportunity has now expanded to the Apple Watch.

The “Vitality” app is now Apple Watch compatible, allowing smartwatch users to prove that they live in a healthy way.

Users of the Apple Watch who are willing to share their data with regards to their fitness habits that have been gathered on their device will be able to see if their efforts can earn them a discount on their life insurance premiums. The app is also available to users of the iPhone and iPod Touch, having been based on the HealthKit platform. It has been designed to track a user’s vitals and healthy lifestyle habits.

This lets Apple Watch users prove to the life insurance company that they are a lower risk.

Apple Watch App - Life InsuranceThis lower risk can be reflected in their premiums with a potential discount as high as 15 percent for either universal life or term life forms of the coverage (the former of which is available regionally in Delaware and Pennsylvania, whereas the latter is available exclusively in Delaware).

When users show that they have lowered their blood pressure (or have maintained a healthy level over time), that they are regularly active such as by walking and/or running, and that they take care of themselves overall, the data is collected by the smartwatch. The user can then send that data to the insurer, which will add it to its premiums calculations and decide how much of a discount (if any) has been earned.

The system also works by building up “Vitality Points” by completing activities that promote better health, such as undergoing an annual health screening. These points accumulate to provide the insurer’s customers with additional benefits such as shopping, travel, and entertainment rewards from participating retailers.

Aside from the Apple Watch, other products compatible with this program include the Fitbit Activity Band. In fact, when a customer purchases this type of policy from the insurer, they can receive a Fitbit fitness tracker for free.