Rumors of Apple developing smartglasses have persisted since 2016, but a report from DigiTimes says that Apple is now in the second phase of production. Earlier reports indicated 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.
Prognostications on the arrival of Apple's AR wearables have ranged from 2020, which was clearly missed to as late as 2023. However, more recent reports have pegged Apple's AR device debut for later this year. In the meantime, Apple has developed a software ecosystem with ARKit and smartphone components like LIDAR sensors that point to the eventual hands-free future.