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Apple is preparing augmented reality glasses developed with metalens technology, with which it hopes to replace plastic lenses, and which it would launch in 2026 or 2027, “at the earliest.”
The company will hold its World Developers Conference (WWDC) next June, from June 5 to 9, an event in which it will present the latest news on its operating systems (iOS, iPadOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS) and services.
According to comments made by Bloomberg analyst Mark Gurman in February, the company is expected to introduce its mixed reality headset as one of the new features to be introduced this year. This comes after the company experienced a series of setbacks in its product launch due to challenges in the development of the device.
Shortly before, fellow analyst Ming Chi-Kuo commented that this product would arrive later than expected by the technology company because it still had errors in its “software.”
Also during this time there has been talk that the American manufacturer is working on a cheaper version of the viewer, which will be presented in 2024 or early 2025, equipped with components from its iPhones.
Now, Kuo has made the observation that the producer is working on another model, which the analyst has referred to as Apple Glasses, with which he hopes to satisfy three objectives that the firm has.
On the one hand, reduce dependence on existing plastic lenses, take advantage of technological advantages and facilitate the use of metalens technology.
According to Kuo, the glasses that incorporate this technology, which would not reach the mixed reality viewer, will begin to be mass-produced in 2026 or 2027 “at the earliest”, but he has not anticipated that the firm will provide information about them. in the framework of the WWDC conference.
According to the analyst, the supply chain is projected to begin mass-developing goods with this technology in 2024, and anticipates that it would “replace the plastic lens of the iPad Face ID TX.” This information was provided as a result of the above statement.
However, he has indicated that, taking into account the manufacturing processes of these components, metallic lenses could replace the current low-end ones between 2028 and 2030. In addition, he has predicted that “in the coming years, metallic lenses will gradually appear gradually”. replace existing plastics in 3D applications”.
This is Apple’s Commitment to Sustainability
On the afternoon of this Thursday, April 13, it was learned that Apple announced that, starting in 2025, some components of its products will be manufactured with 100 percent recycled materials, such as batteries, which will be created with reused cobalt, with a view to “protect the planet”.
In this sense, the company directed by Tim Cook advances in its intention to contribute to the improvement of the environment with its commitment to increase the use of recycled materials in all its products. To do this, it will include changes in the batteries of its devices, as well as in the magnets and printed circuits of its own design, as he has announced in a statement.
According to the technology, cobalt is a “fundamental” material for the creation of batteries, since it allows “high energy density” while meeting resistance and safety standards. This makes cobalt an ideal candidate for use in battery production. Therefore, the use of this material represents an important part of the company’s products, both on iPhones and iPads, MacBooks and Apple Watch.
Given this, Apple pointed out that, for three years, it is already introducing the use of recycled cobalt in its own-design batteries. Specifically, during the past year it already achieved that a quarter of the cobalt used in its products came from recycled material. Now, the forecast for 2025 is that 100 percent of the cobalt used will be recycled.
Following this line, the American company also wants to ensure that the use of rare earths in its components is 100 percent recycled by 2025. For this reason, Apple began using recycled rare earths in the Taptic Engine of the iPhone 11, which is responsible for regulate the vibrations of the device. This was done as a result of the Taptic Engine.
Since then, the use of this recycled material has increased in all devices, including the magnets found in the latest models, reaching 73 percent recycled material by 2022. Therefore, considering that magnets are the component in which Apple uses rare earths, if the goal of recycling 100 percent of this material by 2025 is achieved, then practically all of this material will be recycled.
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