Next production test phase of Apple’s AR glasses
The corresponding report does not contain many details about the upcoming next production phase. He is also silent about the number of planned phases. Digitimes cites internal sources from the supplier industry. Since the glasses have therefore already arrived in Asian production facilities and manufacturing processes are being tested, the source at least points to progressive further developments of AR glasses. The product should thus be beyond the prototype status in the Apple laboratories and be heading towards the final hardware design. However, it is difficult to estimate how long it will take for a possible mass production and subsequent market launch.
“Augmented Reality Device” on Apple’s agenda
Supplier expert and Apple oracle Ming-Chi Kuo recently published his assessment of the upcoming Apple products in 2021 – including a new, mysterious “Augmented Reality Device” whose purpose Kuo does not define in detail. Taking into account the rumors of recent times, it could be the AR glasses from Cupertino. Apple leaker Jon Prosser, for example, already expressed the suspicion last year that the company will soon be announcing details about the AR device as part of a “One more thing” at a keynote. As is well known, this has not happened so far.
The corona pandemic may be holding back development, so that Apple had to adapt the original plan to the new circumstances. For example, a presentation this year seems conceivable, with the product not coming onto the market until 2022. The timing of the first Apple Watch was similar.
Targeted market price of $ 499
According to Prosser, the glasses work with the help of gesture control. In addition, the AR device uses a connected iPhone for data processing. The first generations of the Apple Watch were also heavily dependent on the iPhone before the newer generations became increasingly independent. The company could pursue a similar strategy for glasses. Apple is targeting an MSRP of $ 499, Prosser said.