Rumors of Apple developing smartglasses have persisted as prophecy since 2016, but the arrival of what many herald as the savior of augmented reality has eluded even Nostradamus himself.
However, the last reading of the tea leaves leads us to believe that the day may come sooner rather than later.
A paywall report from DigiTimes (h / t Cult of Mac) says Apple is now in its “second stage of production,” citing sources in the supply chain.
What the “second stage” means is a bit ambiguous. However, if it is in line with other leaks, it is enough to give some optimism to an imminent arrival. For example, the iOS 1
Forecasts of the arrival of Apple’s AR wearables ranged from 2020, which was clearly missed (and now just another point of that year-long disappointment), to even 2023. However, more recent reports have linked the debut of Apple’s AR device later this year.
Since nature abhors a vacuum, the persistent reports have yielded numerous concepts about what the device might look like, such as the futuristic concept design we covered in 2019.
All things considered, we still may not know the exact timeline of when the elusive hardware will land. Meanwhile, Apple has developed a software ecosystem with ARKit and smartphone components such as LIDAR sensors that point to the ultimate hands-free future.