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Apple's secretive AR glasses are dead, reports say

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  • According to a new report, Apple's AR glasses project has hit another delay due to technical challenges. As a result, the project has been postponed indefinitely and is now officially on hold.
  • Apple's initial dream of offering a lightweight pair of AR glasses that people could wear all day now appears many years away.
  • The first product to be publicly announced will be a heavier headset combining both AR and VR, which is expected to get its own dedicated launch event this spring.
  • Apple had previously intended to follow this headset with a lighter-weight device designed to mimic the design of a pair of spectacles, but this has now been shelved, according to reports.



According to a new report, Apple's long-awaited AR glasses project has hit another delay. As a result of what leaker-analyst Mark Gurman describes as technical challenges, the glasses have been postponed indefinitely and are now officially on hold. Apple's initial dream of offering a lightweight pair of AR glasses that people could wear all day now appears many years away, writes Gurman for Bloomberg.

For clarity, it's worth noting that this is only one of a raft of so-called 'reality' products Apple has reportedly been working on. The first to be publicly announced will almost certainly be a heavier headset combining both AR (augmented reality) and VR (virtual reality), which is expected to get its own dedicated launch event this spring. This will cover the eyes entirely and pass-through cameras will be used to make the user able to see what's in front of them on high-quality displays, based on rumours. Apple had previously intended to follow this headset, roughly a year later, with a lighter-weight device designed to mimic the design of a pair of spectacles, but this has now been shelved. The problems afflicting this product are not unique to Apple, Gurman says. The concept of overlaying context-sensitive information and notifications on top of a real-world view is intended to help the glasses fit into everyday life, as opposed to the deeper immersion of a full headset. But previous attempts such as Google Glass have been unsuccessful.





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