Apple has paused development of augmented reality Apple glasses that it planned to launch after its mixed reality headset, reports Bloomberg. Work on the product has been postponed due to technical difficulties.

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Rumor has it that Apple wanted to create lightweight augmented reality glasses that would be similar to Google Glass smart glasses. The glasses would deliver digital information overlaid on the real world, rather than offering immersive virtual experiences like the AR/VR headset, but Apple was unable to develop the necessary hardware to make a lightweight wearable with the performance of a to produce iPhone and enough battery life to run it.

Apple originally intended to release the “Apple Glasses” in 2023 before pushing the project back to 2025, but now the product’s launch has been postponed “indefinitely”. Apple has also scaled back work on the device, so “Apple Glasses” won’t be launching anytime soon, but Bloomberg says Apple sees AR glasses as a product that could one day replace the “iPhone.”

Therefore Bloomberg, some Apple employees don’t think Apple will ever ship AR glasses. Most of Apple’s AR/VR group is working on the mixed reality headsets that Apple plans to produce, but there are still some researching technologies for future AR glasses.

Instead of developing augmented reality glasses, Apple is now focusing on developing one more affordable mixed reality headset which will appeal to a wider range of consumers. The first AR/VR headset due out this year will cost around $3,000, so Apple wants to offer similar features at a lower price point in the future.

Details of all the features included in the first mixed reality headset can be see our AR/VR roundup.

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