Apple's AR Glass Prototype Could Be Ready By The End Of 2022

There have been very few concrete leaks surrounding Apple's rumored augmented reality glasses, but a new report now claims that a prototype could be ready before the end of this year. By most accounts, Apple's AR Glasses would be the second of two AR/VR products from the company in the coming years. The first one, which is expected to be launched later this year or in early 2023, is said to be a virtual reality headset that the company has been working on for a while.

Even though Apple's AR Glasses are attracting most of the attention from the media, other American tech giants, such as Meta and Amazon, are also rumored to be working on similar devices. Named Project Nazare, Meta's AR Glasses might debut in 2024, while a smartphone-connected version of the glasses, codenamed Hypernova, might also make its way to the market at a lower price point. As for Amazon, the company is also believed to be working on a similar project and was recently looking for engineers to develop ' XR' (extended reality) products for the company.

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According to a research note by Haitong International Tech Research analyst Jeff Pu, Apple's upcoming AR Glasses have entered the design development stage and is on track for a commercial release in the second half of 2024. According to 9to5Mac, which says it has access to Pu's research note, a prototype for the upcoming device could be ready before the end of this year before it enters mass production in H2, 2024. Two specialty glass and optics firms, Corning and Hoya, are already said to be sampling the glass as part of the development process, but there's no definite word about exactly how either of them is expected to contribute to the development of the device.

Even though the latest reports suggest that Apple is on track to launch its AR Glasses next year, many variables will play a big part in deciding when the device will eventually hit the market. Unfortunately, the launch date could still be delayed if Apple encounters too many problems in the next year and a half.

Meanwhile, despite the lack of extensive rumors about Apple's AR Glasses, TF International Securities analyst and noted Apple tipster Ming-Chi Kuo expects it to replace the iPhone in 10 years. Of course, it will be interesting to see if the Apple Glasses would go on to replace the iPhone, but it is an intriguing, futuristic idea and one that will undoubtedly make many people wait for it with bated breath.

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Source: 9to5Mac

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