Apple and Foxconn have reached an important milestone in the development of the long-rumoured Apple Augmented Reality (AR) headset, with the device’s translucent lenses moving from prototype to trial production,media reported. Apple is developing the lenses on a production line at Foxconn’s Chengdu plant, which is understood to be the main production base for Apple’s iPad, according to people familiar with the matter.
Apple’s new product development has gone through several stages, starting with prototyping in California and China, during which time Apple produced dozens and hundreds of products and their components, respectively. As of May, the lenses had entered the engineering verification test (EVT) phase, at which time Apple typically produces thousands of units in quantitative units, the person said. In addition, Apple has locked in the design and begun testing whether it is suitable for mass production.
The sources also point out that the lenses and spectacles themselves are at least a year away from mass production, and that it is rumoured to be released around 2022.
In addition to the first display headgear code-named N301, Apple is said to have several AR and VR projects under way, including a more stylish AR glasses called the N421, which will be released in 2023.