People who know of Google's Project Glass would do well to remember just how long ago it was previewed, and how many similar concepts predated it.
We hope the US Patent and Trademark Office will take it into account, otherwise this “new” patent
from Apple might actually get approved.
Apple is really trying to skirt the rules here, if we do say so ourselves. Since Google already has augmented reality glasses/eyewear in the making, Apple has decided to patent a component which such eyewear won't be able to do without: a high-resolution display in video glasses.
That's right, Apple wants to have exclusive rights on small displays with a high resolution. Maybe it's just us, but we doubt this is the sort of innovation/unique idea that can be patented. It's hardly different from patenting laptop displays, to give just one example. Too general.
To add insult to injury, the patent application for a small screen and a small battery can have “other embodiments” which “may take the form of other types of display devices such as television sets, computer monitors, projection systems, and so forth.”