But mass production of the semitransparent lenses for AR headsets or glasses is at least one or two years away, according to The Information.
From Wayne Ma and Yunan Zhang’s “Apple Reaches New Stage in Development of AR Devices” ($) posted Friday:
The Information has learned that Apple is working with Taiwan’s Foxconn Technology, Apple’s largest contract manufacturer and the one responsible for building most iPhones, to develop semitransparent lenses for its AR devices. As of two months ago, the lenses—considered one of the most essential elements of the head-worn devices—had passed the prototype stage and entered trial production, a person familiar with the matter said.
A spokesperson for Apple declined to comment.
The lenses are at least one to two years away from mass production, and the same is likely true of the AR product they ultimately end up in, the person said. The product must still go through a lengthy process of ramping up production to the point where Apple can reliably manufacture millions of them.
My take: A single unnamed source, but where there’s smoke there is sometimes fire.