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Apple has yet to start testing the second prototype of its rumored AR glasses, bucking the expectations of its supply partners who expected testing to commence in the first quarter of this year, according to a new report.

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Apple is known to be working on a set of augmented reality glasses that look like regular glasses, but which feature lenses with built-in displays that can be interacted with using gestures. The current prototype is said to resemble high-end sunglasses with thick frames that house the battery and chips.

According to a DigiTimes report from January, Apple was about to enter the second phase of development of the glasses, with a focus on improving the device's weight and battery life, suggesting they could move into volume production as early as the first quarter of 2022.

However, a new report from the Taiwanese publication claims that P2 testing has yet to begin, therefore the chance of volume production in Q1 2022 is now unlikely.
The sources pointed out that after P2, the AR glasses prototype may still need to go through P3 testing, followed by another 2-3 phases of engineering testing before standing a chance of entering volume production.

The supply chain originally estimated that the Apple wearable could start volume production as early as first-quarter 2022, the sources said. But as the P2 testing has yet to begin, the chance of volume production in first-quarter 2022 is looking unlikely, the sources added.
A Bloomberg report in January described the glasses as "several years away," though Apple had initially been planning to release them as early as 2023. A previous report from DigiTimes suggested Apple's AR glasses would launch in 2021, while Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has said he expects a 2022 launch at the earliest.

Apple is believed to be working on multiple AR/VR projects, including a headset with an App Store. In an internal meeting, Apple reportedly said the headset may be announced in 2021 and released in 2022, so it sounds like the headset will launch before the glasses. According to today's DigiTimes report, Samsung is still on track to launch a pair of rival AR glasses next year.

Article Link: Apple Glasses Prototype Reportedly Falls Behind 2021 Testing Schedule
 
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DarkCole

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It’s unfortunate the timeline for these are still a ways out. AR glasses are the one thing I’m truly excited for from Apple.
 
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LonderJan

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I doubt this product (with the intention of volume production) even exists.

So far, nobody has succeeded in addressing the issues that prevent it from appealing to a broader audience which is their (Apple) target.

I don't see people who are not wearing glasses start wearing them anytime soon unless this offers life changing advantages. Being able to take a picture with is or having it show the number of unread messages will not move a broad audience suddenly from not wearing glasses to wearing glasses.

The audience that does seem the most likely to be considering something like this are those people who are already wearing glasses. So, this product would need to work with any type of prescription glasses out there without making them heavier. These would need to come in different materials, colours, shapes and sizes and most importantly, they should look like plain glasses.
 
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I doubt this product (with the intention of volume production) even exists.

So far, nobody has succeeded in addressing the issues that prevent it from appealing to a broader audience which is their (Apple) target.

I don't see people who are not wearing glasses start wearing them anytime soon unless this offers life changing advantages. Being able to take a picture with is or having it show the number of unread messages will not move a broad audience suddenly from not wearing glasses to wearing glasses.

The audience that does seem the most likely to be considering something like this are those people who are already wearing glasses. So, this product would need to work with any type of prescription glasses out there without making them heavier. These would need to come in different materials, colours, shapes and sizes and most importantly, they should look like plain glasses.

Just like that "a thousand songs in your pocket" nonsense from two decades ago.
 
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pilotpat

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I remember the uproar when Google released Glass. Everyone had a meltdown over their privacy because you could take pictures of someone you were looking at without them knowing. Some businesses said you couldn't wear them. I wonder how apple is planning to combat this reaction if these do end up including the ability to record images/video/audio.
 
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I remember the uproar when Google released Glass. Everyone had a meltdown over their privacy because you could take pictures of someone you were looking at without them knowing. Some businesses said you couldn't wear them. I wonder how apple is planning to combat this reaction if these do end up including the ability to record images/video/audio.

While there will no doubt be a camera(s) for AR purposes, based on how Apple addresses privacy in AirTags, I suspect a user would not be able to make and store photos/videos in their Photos app.

IIRC, google glass did not have any AR capabilities.
 
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pilotpat

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While there will no doubt be a camera(s) for AR purposes, I suspect a user would not be able to make and store photos/videos in their Photos app.
That's my best guess as well, but it will be interesting to see what they do/what people believe they actually do.
 
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I find it funny people complained about privacy with Google glasses because of the camera, yet your most likley recorded thousands of times in the day with CCTV and with all the camera phones about. But OMG put a camera in a pair of glasses and then worry about privacy 😆
 
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displays that can be interacted with using gestures.

I wasn’t disinterested until this problem was highlighted.
It makes me envision combination of fly-swatting with iPhone-tier gesture unfriendliness that you can’t turn off...
 
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Understandable with the chip shortage. Looks like Oculus has pushed off any new designed VR headset until the Fall of 2022. But They have a lot of Oculus Quest 2 units now compared to Christmas so at least you can get one. Can not wait to get Star Wars Pinball this Thursday. Yes!!!!!!!!!!!
 
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LonderJan

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Just like that "a thousand songs in your pocket" nonsense from two decades ago.
Well that was just a matter of taking something that was already popular and putting it in a smaller design. The cassette and compact disk player were already hugely popular.

What are augmented reality glasses going to do? What would they take that we have today and take that a giant leap forward? Apple is in the business of taking something that already exists and making it a lot better. So what would that be? Glasses with binocular view? Eliminate the need to buy prescription glasses every 5 years after the age of 40? It’s a serious question.

If you look at VR and augmented reality over the last two decades, NO progress had been made here in terms of offering something meaningful to people’s daily lives. Google glass tried and failed, because it failed to offer any meaningful value.

What possibilities do you see? What would you make wanna wear glasses even if you don’t need any?
 
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LonderJan

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I remember the uproar when Google released Glass. Everyone had a meltdown over their privacy because you could take pictures of someone you were looking at without them knowing. Some businesses said you couldn't wear them. I wonder how apple is planning to combat this reaction if these do end up including the ability to record images/video/audio.
If you see the precautions they have taken to make sure that you can’t use an Airtag to track people...
 
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citysnaps

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Well that was just a matter of taking something that was already popular and putting it in a smaller design. The cassette and compact disk player were already hugely popular.

What are augmented reality glasses going to do? What would they take that we have today and take that a giant leap forward? Apple is in the business of taking something that already exists and making it a lot better. So what would that be? Glasses with binocular view? Eliminate the need to buy prescription glasses every 5 years after the age of 40? It’s a serious question.

If you look at VR and augmented reality over the last two decades, NO progress had been made here in terms of offering something meaningful to people’s daily lives. Google glass tried and failed, because it failed to offer any meaningful value.

What possibilities do you see? What would you make wanna wear glasses even if you don’t need any?

Well...lets start with how AR is being used today (AR-assisted thoracic surgery, industrial plant inspections, assisted various types of augmented maintenance, etc) and work downward to how consumers might use the technology. It's just a matter of imagination.
 
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pilotpat

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While there will no doubt be a camera(s) for AR purposes, based on how Apple addresses privacy in AirTags, I suspect a user would not be able to make and store photos/videos in their Photos app.

IIRC, google glass did not have any AR capabilities.
It had some AR "like" stuff, but it did have a camera.
 
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pilotpat

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If you see the precautions they have taken to make sure that you can’t use an Airtag to track people...
I do see what they have done, but what i'm referring to is public perception. They aren't always the same. All it takes is one person getting caught doing it, or being accused of doing it. Facts don't always matter in public opinion. Look at all of the people that cover the camera on their laptops and phones.
 
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