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Apple begins experimental production of AR lenses

It is reported that Apple is working with Taiwan's Foxconn, the largest manufacturer for Apple, and the body responsible for building most iPhones, to develop augmented reality glasses lenses, so that the lenses are polarized and semi-transparent.

Although the Coronavirus disrupted the main parts of the iPhone manufacturer's business, it did not disrupt its plans to build what could be the next important technology platform - augmented reality glasses.

One person familiar with the matter said: The lenses - one of the basic elements of wearable devices on the head - passed the prototype two months ago and entered experimental production.

Lenses are essential to use augmented reality and an ARkit platform in terms of how to present the images - which the computer built - to their wearers, as well as what this user can see in the real world.

According to the information, the lenses are at least a year or two years after entering the mass production stage, but they have passed the prototype stage, and are now being manufactured for testing, and it is said: This test comes after about three years of development work at Foxconn.

This timing is also in line with Apple's purchase of the emerging liquid crystal firm Akonia Holographics, which specializes in liquid crystal displays, to display images on special lenses.

The report is keen to note that lenses are intended for augmented reality devices coming from Apple, which means that it is not clear that they are intended for augmented reality glasses that are expected to be launched first in 2022, or that they are dedicated to the revolutionary glasses (Apple Glasses) that can arrive by The year 2023.

And the person familiar with the matter said: The development of augmented reality glasses lenses occurs in Chengdu factory in the southwestern part of China, where there is also the majority of iPad production, and Apple seems to be satisfied with the design of the lenses; As she moved to the engineering verification test.

By May, the lenses entered the engineering verification test, or (EVT), where Apple usually makes thousands of units, and begins testing its suitability for mass production.

Sources say: The manufacture of lenses is particularly difficult; Because it consists of multiple layers and is very thin from different synthetic materials, it must be made in dust-free rooms, which are slightly larger than those usually used in glasses, and use polarization to provide holograms.