Apple is delaying development of AR glasses and working on a cheaper mixed reality headset

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Apple is delaying development of AR glasses and working on a cheaper mixed reality headset

As Apple gears up to launch its mixed reality headset ahead of WWDC, the company reportedly paused development of its augmented reality (AR) glasses.

Bloomberg claims that Apple’s development of AR glasses has been hampered by technical issues. Apple initially planned to unveil the AR glasses this year, but was pushed back to 2025. However, development of the AR glasses has now been postponed “indefinitely” and work on the device has been scaled back.

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According to a 2020 Bloomberg report, Apple is said to be working on lightweight glasses for AR experiences. Codenamed N421, it’s expected to offer an “optically translucent AR experience” and even integrate with the Apple Car.

Apple’s AR/VR team has shifted its focus to developing a more affordable mixed reality headset. Apple is expected to be priced similarly to the iPhone, but Apple will likely use cheaper components such as chips similar to those in the iPhone and lower resolution internal displays to lower the overall cost of the mixed reality headset.

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Apple’s first mixed reality headset is rumored to be priced at $3,000 due to its use of advanced technology such as the M2 chip, two ultra-high-resolution 8K displays, and advanced eye-tracking technology.

Source: Bloomberg via MacRumours (1) (2)

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