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iPhone supplier Catcher Tech to make augmented-reality parts

Company move fuels speculation about Apple AR product rollout

Market speculation is swirling that Apple is developing a standalone AR device that will go on sale as soon as the end of 2019. (Photo by Cheng Ting-Fang)

TAIPEI -- Apple metal frame and casing supplier Catcher Technology said it would take on a new challenge in making metal components for augmented reality devices.

"Based on what we have learned, [new AR products] need to look good and be light enough to wear ... that makes the casings for such device very complicated to manufacture and there are still a lot of challenges to overcome currently," Catcher Chairman Allen Horng told analysts and reporters in an earnings conference on Tuesday.

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