Apple has suspended work on a pair of light-weight augmented actuality (AR) glasses resulting from technical challenges, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman claimed on Tuesday.
Gurman went as far as to say that the corporate’s “dream of providing a light-weight pair of AR glasses that individuals may put on all day now seems a few years away — if it occurs in any respect.”
The tech large continues to be planning to launch its premium mixed-reality headset this year, however growth of the AR glasses — a bodily mild, minimalistic, and cheaper product — is clearly going through critical challenges.
Apple is assumed to have initially deliberate to launch the AR specs this yr, however then delayed it to 2025. However now the whole undertaking seems to be hanging within the steadiness.
It’s been steered that the tech large sees AR glasses as a doable substitute for the iPhone, shifting a handset’s features to a show integrated into high-tech specs.
Digital actuality (VR) headsets, which immerse a person in a digital world, have gained a level of traction thanks partly to Meta’s Quest, and earlier Oculus, devices. However AR glasses, which overlay digital data onto real-world views, have proved more durable to develop. Google, for instance, invested enormous quantities of money and time on attempting to deliver its Google Glass specs to market, however ended up scaling down the project. A part of the problem is attempting to suit a lot know-how — together with a robust battery — into a tool that’s alleged to look a like an everyday pair of glasses.
Gurman mentioned in his report that Apple continues to be planning to launch a lower-cost mixed-reality headset, that may very well be referred to as Actuality One, in 2024. This is able to be a follow-up to the premium mannequin — possibly called Reality Pro — that’s anticipated to go on sale this yr for round $3,000.
The Bloomberg reporter additionally mentioned that almost all of Apple’s 1,000 person-plus unit devoted to AR and VR is “targeted on the primary two mixed-reality headsets,” including that Apple nonetheless has some groups “exploring applied sciences that might go into standalone glasses, ought to they ultimately launch.”