According to the Reuters, Apple acquired a startup focused on creating lenses for augmented reality. The company confirmed the acquisition with its traditional statement: "Apple buys smaller companies from time to time and we generally don't discuss our goals or plans."
THE Akonia Holographics (based in Longmont, Colorado) was founded in 2012 by a group of holography scientists and was initially focused on the storage of holographic data; then, he started to create displays / lenses for AR glasses. Its technology allows “smart, thin and transparent glass lenses to display vibrant, colorful and wide field of view images. As the website startup, it has more than 200 patents related to halographic systems and materials.
When it was founded, the company received an investment round of US $ 11.6 million and currently, according to the Reuters, was looking for an investment / financing. The value of the acquisition, and when exactly it was completed, an industry executive was not revealed, however, he said that Akonia has been very quiet for the past six months (which may well be Apple's acquisition window).
This is another good sign that Apple should really enter this market, sooner or later the forecast of Ming-Chi Kuo, a very well-informed analyst in the Apple world, that the company will launch the first product in the segment in 2020.