This AR headset will be built with semi-transparent glasses and Apple is developing the lenses at the Foxconn factory in Chengdu (Southwestern China).
Apple has finally moved its long-awaited augmented reality (AR) headset from prototype to trial production. This AR headset is being built by Apple with lenses from Foxconn and is one of the most important milestones for tech giant.
This AR headset will be built to with semi-transparent glasses and Apple is developing the lenses at the Foxconn factory in Chengdu (Southwestern China). This is where Apple’s iPad production is also centered.
Apple takes care of development of any product in phases and the first step is prototyping in California and China over which dozens of units are created along with the parts. In May this year, the lenses of this AR headset went into the engineering validation test (EVT) phase where Apple will make thousands of units. Apple has the design locked down and then starts the process of testing and moving on to the mass production phase.
Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman had earlier reported that Apple’s AR and VR projects have taken a hit owing to the “internal divisions” on the matter of Apple emphasising on graphics and processing power. It takes time for a headset as it has to be more personal with lesser capabilities.
Apple has multiple AR and VR projects in the works along with this one headset which has been codenamed N301. There are a pair of sleeker AR glasses, codenamed N421 and this might be launched in 2023.
If sources are to be believed, the lenses and the headsets are still two years away from entering mass production phase sometime in 2022.