Secret meetings provide further proof Apple is eyeing AR glasses

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Apple hasn't given up on AR glasses.
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Apple reportedly met with the suppliers of augmented reality glasses components at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week.

The company made a significant push into AR with the launch of its ARKit framework in iOS 11, while rumors surrounding its own wearable AR hardware have been circling for years.

Top tech trends of 2017

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2017 was a great year for consumer technology.
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Cult of Mac's 2017 Apple year in review2017 was an exciting year for consumer technology. It brought us big advancements in areas like machine learning and biometric security, as well as a big boost for augmented reality, and some not-so-satisfying changes to smartphone price tags.

Here are the top technology trends of 2017.

Apple just made it a lot harder for rivals to compete on AR

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Tim Cook thinks AR is going to be the next big thing in tech.
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Expecting Android device makers to rip off Apple’s augmented reality technology any time soon? Not so fast, a new report claims.

Apple’s $390 million payday to TrueDepth sensor maker Finisar this week will reportedly help lock out rival companies like Samsung and Huawei from competing with its augmented reality ambitions, by giving Apple first dibs on the necessary components.

Facebook brings augmented reality to its Messenger app

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Key Apple supplier strikes AR glasses deal

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One of Apple’s biggest manufacturing partners says it plans to get into the augmented reality business.

Quanta Computer revealed today that it has struck an agreement to start making lenses for an augmented reality headset. Even though the deal isn’t with Apple, it could signal that augmented reality headsets are about to hit the market in a big way.

Shadows Remain pushes ARKit in spooky new directions

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The game puts you in the shoes of a parent hunting their lost kid.
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If you’re looking for a game to show off Apple’s ARKit augmented reality platform, you could do a whole lot worse than checking out Australian developer Halfbrick’s intriguing new AR game Shadows Remain.

Blending first-person adventure, hidden object puzzles, and horror elements, Shadows Remain places you in the role of a parent who moves into a new home, only to find that their kid has gone missing.

Apple supplier eyes AR glasses

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Are Apple Glasses coming soon?
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One of the key suppliers for the iPhone X is fueling speculation that Apple is working on a standalone augmented reality product.

Catcher Tech, which makes metal casings for Apple products like the iPhone, iPad and MacBooks says that it is planning to start making metal components for AR products.

7 biggest takeaways from Apple’s record Q4 earnings

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Apple surprised investors with its best Q4 earnings report ever today. The outrageous numbers dispelled doubts about the iPhone-maker’s strategy — and pushed Apple closer to becoming the world’s first trillion-dollar company.

With the launch of the iPhone X just hours away, Apple CEO Tim Cook had a lot to be happy about during the earnings call with investors. Analysts quizzed Cook and Apple CFO Luca Maestri on everything from iPhone 8 sales to how Apple plans to monetize its augmented reality efforts.

Here’s what we found out: