Apple is yet to start testing the second prototype of its rumored AR glasses, bucking the expectations of its supply partners who expected testing to commence in the first quarter of this year, according to a new report.
Apple is known to be working on a set of augmented reality glasses that look like regular glasses, but features lenses with built-in displays that can be manipulated with using gestures.
The current prototype made by the company is said to resemble high-end sunglasses with thick frames that house the battery and chips.
However, DigiTimes report from January suggests that Apple was about to enter the second phase of the project development with a focus on improving the device’s weight and battery life, stating that they could move into volume production as early as the first quarter of 2022.
Meanwhile, a new report from the Taiwanese publication claims that the projects second phase of testing has yet to kick-off, therefore the chance of volume production in the first quarter of 2022 as earlier planned by the company is now going to be improbable.
Sources stipulated that after Phase 2, the AR glasses prototype may still need to go through a third testing phase, followed by another 2-3 phases of engineering testing before standing a chance of entering volume production.
In addition, The supply chain originally estimated that the Apple wearable could start volume production as early as first-quarter 2022, the sources said. But as the P2 testing is thus yet to begin, the chance of volume production in first-quarter 2022 is likely improbable they added.
According to MacRumor, a Bloomberg report in January suggests that the glasses are”several years away,” though Apple had initially been planning to release them as soon as early 2023. Before now, previous report from DigiTimes discribed Apple’s AR glasses would launch in 2021, while Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has said he expects a 2022 launch at the earliest.
The company is believed to be working on multiple AR/VR projects, which ranges to a headset with an App Store.
In an internal meeting with it’s board, Apple stated that the headset may be announced in 2021 and released in 2022, so it sounds like the headset will launch before the glasses. Though today’s DigiTimes report, Samsung is still on track to launch a pair of rival AR glasses as well coming year.