The Magic Leap augmented reality glasses was launched last year with a lot of hype mainly because of the involvement of big tech names in the project. But unconfirmed information and rumors are emerging stating that the first generation headset is far from reaching its goal of success and that could greatly delay the launch of the next.
According to rumors published by The Information and also reported by The Verge, the Magic Leap would have been able to sell only about 6,000 units, while the expectation of the company was to achieve at least 100,000 sales. Even with the glasses coming out for the suggested price of $ 2,295.
The company would be planning to bring 5G, new color options and smaller, lighter hardware for the second generation Magic Leap, which could be called Magic Leap Two, but now, according to rumors, they will first work on an update with slight changes soon, while designing a new generation itself will take much longer.
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Other rumors brought by The Information claim that two important names have come off the Magic Leap board of directors without fanfare. They would have been none other than Sundar Pichai, the CEO of Google, and Paul Jacobs, former CEO of Qualcomm. The reasons for their departure, however, would not have to do with Magic Leap's performance, but with their personal agendas. In Pichai's case, he would have been replaced by another Google executive, Jennifer Fitzpatrick, showing that the tech giant still believes in the potential of the headset.
The Magic Leap folks even commented on The Information's report, stating that it was "full of incorrect information and misleading statements." The company, however, has not yet made an official statement clarifying how the development of a second-generation Magic Leap is going and whether or not the launch of the first is a success.