Apple Said To Have Moved Into The ‘Second Phase’ Of AR Glasses Development

Apple is set to enter the “second phase of development” for its augmented reality glasses or headset, according to a paywalled version of a new DigiTimes report.

That report was spotted by MacRumors which says that the full version will be made available tomorrow – likely with more context. At the time of writing, there is little information beyond the fact that DigiTimes believes a second phase of development is almost underway.

What that means isn’t clear. We’ve been hearing rumors of some sort of AR headset coming out of Apple for years and Bloomberg has previously reported that both an AR/VR headset and AR-only glasses are in development.

Neither product is expected to launch until next year, however, with the AR glasses unlikely to debut until 2023 at the very earliest.

However, it’s important to remember that DigiTimes has something of a checkered past in terms of getting things like this right. Having not seen the report ourselves, it’s likely that it pulls from unnamed people within Apple’s supply chain – a notoriously risky source of information when trying to work out what Apple has up its sleeve.

Regardless, it’s known that Apple is keen to make use of AR and VR wherever possible, with the former already playing a part in iPhone and iPad apps.

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