The latest update to Google Glass OS makes the eyewearable device compatible with Apple iOS, including iPhones and iPads. Up until now, Glass has been essentially a Bluetooth and WiFi accessory for Android phones, during its rollout in the Glass Explorers Program for developers and early adopters. In the process of readying it for consumer launch sometime in 2014, iOS compatibility was said to be a necessity. Now it's here.
Glass previously worked with the iPhone primarily as a Bluetooth device for talking on phone calls. But the new compatibility, enabled by a firmware update, allows Glass to access iPhone's more advanced functions. To enable the function, a MyGlass app must be downloaded from the App Store in iOS. Once launched, the app can be used to screencast to an iPhone what Glass sees, as well as adding Glassware and contacts.
The update places all Glass adopters on equal footing, whether they have an iPhone or Android phone. While Google's priority remains Android, the iOS app shows that Google considers broader compatibility a necessity. The open Glass/Android platform is one of the most important features of the eyewearable and a major reason Google is able to sell Glass to developers who will pay to work on apps.