Earlier this year DigiTimes informed us that the development of Apple Glass would allow the company to go into production during the first quarter of 2022. Now, according to other sources, these dates may be too optimistic, as Apple continues the development of the rumored glasses.
Apple Glass is being delayed
Before moving on to the information at hand, it is worth remembering that Apple Glass is, as far as we know so far, two products. Initially, we thought that Apple would introduce glasses and then an augmented/virtual reality headset. Now we think the launch plan has been reversed and we will see the headset first.
The thing is, with the mix of dates and products, the information we get about what we gather and label as Apple Glass could get intermingled. Adding perspective on the data, DigiTimes picks up that while Apple appeared ready to enter the second phase of development, which would allow mass production to begin in early 2022, prototypes are still not entering that second phase.
Sources noted that after P2, the prototype augmented reality glasses still need to go through P3 testing, followed by another 2 or 3 phases of engineering testing before they have a chance to enter mass production.
The supply chain originally estimated that Apple’s wearable could begin mass production as early as the first quarter of 2022, the sources said. But since P2 testing has not yet begun, the possibility of mass production in the first quarter of 2022 seems unlikely, the sources added.
Mark Gurman placed the arrival of these glasses within “several years”, we understand, therefore, from 2023. The truth is that we know little of Apple’s plans with this launch, but everything seems to indicate that the Cupertino company continues with its development and that the most recent leaks come to correct a wave of enthusiasm of previous leaks that advanced the predictions perhaps excessively.