The Google Glass heads-up-display device will be iPhone compatible, as noted in The Verge‘s extensive look at the device.
The device gets data through Wi-Fi on its own, or it can tether via Bluetooth to an Android device or iPhone and use its 3G or 4G data while out and about. There’s no cellular radio in Glass, but it does have a GPS chip.
The report is unclear about what this compatibility will entail, but it does seem to infer that Glass will be able to use an iPhone’s data connection. Google Glass, as previously revealed, will be able to send text messages, but it seems unclear whether or not it will work with an iPhone in this manner.
iOS includes APIs to allow accessories to use iPhone functions. For example, the Pebble smart watch can read text messages and iMessages from an iPhone.
Google Glass iPhone compatibility to not a major surprise seeing how supportive Google is of Apple’s products. For example, Google offers most of its services in app form via Apple’s iOS App Store. Google also offers software for OS X.
Google Glass is said to launch as a consumer product by the end of the year. 9to5Googlepreviously reported that Glass would be sold in Google Stores in the U.S., which are planned for opening by the end of the year.