Rumors of Apple developing smartglasses have persisted as prophecy since 2016, but the arrival of what many herald as the savior of augmented reality have eluded even Nostradamus himself.

However, the latest reading of the tea leaves leads us to believe the day may come sooner rather than later.

A paywalled report from DigiTimes (h/t Cult of Mac) says that Apple is now in the “second phase” of production, citing supply chain sources.

Now, what the “second phase” means is a bit ambiguous. However, when lined up with other leaks, it’s enough to lend some optimism to an imminent arrival. For instance, iOS 13 code pointed to hints of AR headset in testing circa 2019. This lined up with reports that Apple had initially planned to ship a more immersive AR headset followed by smartglasses, though subsequent reports now indicate plans for a more immersive device have been scrapped for an all-inclusive but less powerful wearable.

Cover image via Dominik Hofacker



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