Internal safety documents from Apple’s De Anza office in Cupertino (via Gizmodo) hint that the company is testing a prototype of augmented reality glasses or other eye-focused technology ahead of consumer release. The documents in question were incident reports put together by an Environment Health and Safety contractor hired by Apple, it appears that the report was mistakenly sent to “hundreds” of Apple employees and has now made it’s way onto the internet… Shocker!
Out of the 70 reported incidents which were leaked, two in particular stand out and seem to point to Apple testing a new AR headset or eye-focused technology; one claiming that an “Employee reported eye pain after working with new prototype, thought it may be associated with use” and a second claiming that a worker required “medical treatment beyond first aid” because they “Experienced discomfort in [their] eye and said [they were] able to see the laser flash and several points during the study.”
While Apple is known for testing a range of products that never make it into the hands of the general public, it has previously been said that the company is working on a new, “revolutionary” augmented reality device, possibly a pair of glasses with a heads-up display.
The report also details other curious and rather random incidents including an employee opening a problematic box of Apple Pencils with bad batteries:
“Employee was opening a box of used Apple Pencils in [room number redacted]. As soon as she opened the box, a strong odor emanated from within the box. The employee, who is familiar with lithium battery odors, identified two Pencils as the odor source. She suspected the Pencils were leaking electrolytes.”