‘Apple Glass’ Isn’t AirPower
Some people in the Apple blogosphere have preemptively likened Apple’s AR glasses to AirPower — a device that seemed certain but was pulled at a critical moment. But AirPower and Apple Glass aren’t alike at all. For one, Apple has never publicly revealed the existence of an AR headset project. (And in the wake of AirPower, it probably won’t until it’s ready.)
AirPower also had major technical flaws, something we haven’t heard about regarding Apple Glass. Similarly, the development of AR glasses has little to do with Apple’s overall design team restructuring. Whether or not reports of Jony Ive’s dissatisfaction are accurate, we can say that the industrial designer’s departure won’t spur Apple to drop its AR glasses.