Apple is preparing two brand new products, an expensive mixed reality headset that may be unveiled in January 2023, and later AR glasses at a much lower price, and now a new report is shedding light on the possible release of those AR glasses.
According to a note by Haitong Intl Tech Research analyst Jeff Pu (via 9to5Mac
), the AR glasses have now entered the design development phase, an important milestone on the way to the final product. The analyst further specifies that a prototype will be ready by the end of the year and mass production will begin in the second half of 2024. Obviously things can change, as that is still a long way off in the future.
The analyst writes the following in the note:
We expect it to use the waveguide technology, and Corning (GLW) and Hoya (7741 JP) are sampling the glass. We expect Lante to benefit from the partnership with Corning.
This is interesting simply because we don’t get to hear much about the AR glasses, and certainly not as much as the mixed reality headset that Apple is preparing to announce in early 2023.
However, the Apple AR glasses are definitely the product that more people can take advantage of, with some even claiming that these glasses have the potential to replace an iPhone within a 10-year period.
Unlike the larger mixed reality headset that you’ll probably only be able to wear for a few hours at most and will focus on a fast chip and high-quality graphics, the AR glasses are intended for lighter use throughout the day, every day, just like regular prescription glasses.