Apple AR smartglasses have been cancelled, according to new report

Project allegedly ditched over design and network issues
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Apple has reportedly terminated development of its AR smartglasses, which the company was rumoured to be launching in the next two years.

That's the word from Digitimes, which has been hit and miss when reporting about the inner workings of Apple in the past. According to the report, the team was disbanded in May and reassigned to other projects.

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The report, which has now been translated, suggests that the team behind building the glasses could not successfully come up with the necessary lightweight design and that there was issues with 5G networking support.

It also speculates that the AR glasses team was disbanded when project lead Avi Bar-Zeev left the company earlier this year. Bar-Zeev previously worked at Microsoft and helped bring HoloLens to life.

If this information is all accurate, it would be both a surprise and a disappointment in equal measures. After Google tried and failed to break into the mainstream with Glass, we've been waiting for a heavyweight tech company to prove that good AR smartglasses can exist.

North recently appeared with a pair of stylish smart specs, and other companies are trying to get AR glasses off the ground, but all eyes were on Apple to truly legitimize the category.

Apple's hiring moves, among speculation from usually-reliable sources, suggested it was gearing up to launch its own smart eyewear. It's also been making big improvements to its ARKit platform, which is largely accessible through Apple's smartphones and tablets.

Cancellation has already struck Apple this year after it decided to cancel its AirPower charging mat for not meeting its own standards.

We must stress, that this is still an unconfirmed report, but hopefully more details will emerge in the not too distant future.

Via: MacRumors


Michael Sawh

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Michael Sawh has been covering the wearable tech industry since the very first Fitbit landed back in 2011. Previously the resident wearable tech expert at Trusted Reviews, he also marshaled the features section of T3.com.

He also regularly contributed to T3 magazine when they needed someone to talk about fitness trackers, running watches, headphones, tablets, and phones.

Michael writes for GQ, Wired, Coach Mag, Metro, MSN, BBC Focus, Stuff, TechRadar and has made several appearances on the BBC Travel Show to talk all things tech. 

Michael is a lover of all things sports and fitness-tech related, clocking up over 15 marathons and has put in serious hours in the pool all in the name of testing every fitness wearable going. Expect to see him with a minimum of two wearables at any given time.


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