And the company might also want to thank Microsoft (MSFT) for both showing how an augmented reality (AR) headset can capture imaginations and appeal to developers, and initially focusing on a headset that's only meant to be used indoors. But this assumes that Microsoft won't have enlarged its ambitions by the time Apple's own headset goes on sale.
Bloomberg, which has produced many Apple scoops since hiring the well-connected Mark Gurman away from 9to5 Mac, reported Monday that Apple is thinking about creating smart glasses that would "connect wirelessly to iPhones, show images and other information in the wearer's field of vision, and may use augmented reality."
It adds Apple has "ordered small quantities of near-eye displays from one supplier for testing," and that its glasses would launch in 2018 "at the earliest." Himax (HIMX) , which supplied the micro-displays used by Google Glass, rose 2.7% on Tuesday.
One big qualifier to Bloomberg's report is that Apple often "explores" launching products that never see the light of day. However, the report does fit with one earlier this year from The Financial Times, which said Apple has created "a large team of experts in virtual and augmented reality and built prototypes of headsets."