More details emerge on Apple’s mixed reality headset vendors, including Sony and LG, which will provide silicon OLED displays
On Monday, Patently Apple released a report titled “Ming-Chi Kuo Reiterates Apple’s Use of Pancake Lenses for Their HMD While Pointing to a Budget-Friendly Second-Generation HMD and More.” Today, a new supply chain report surfaced with more details on Apple’s upcoming HMD, which they’re calling an Extended Reality (XR) device.
Today, Korea IT News released a supply chain report which claims that the domestic spare parts equipment industry is readying parts for Apple XR devices with the aim of mass production in the fourth quarter and signs orders for parts production and equipment inspection.
Apple’s XR devices are expected to release early next year given the parts’ mass production schedule. As this is the first product line they are launching, the production volume is not expected to be large.
XR’s heart, the display, will be supplied by Sony and LG Display using OLEDoS (OLED on silicon). These screens are smaller, thinner and more energy efficient because they do not require a color filter. Apple’s XR Application Processor (AP) is the self-developed M1 system-on-chip, and the operating system (OS) is iOS.
The 3D (3D) detection module for XR devices is probably from LG Innotek. The 3D sensing module is a part that plays a role in determining the three-dimensional effect by measuring the time it takes to reflect a light source back to the subject or the degree of distortion. It is understood that about three 3D sensing modules are installed in an XR device. The camera of the 1st generation Apple XR device is provided by a Chinese company because it requires low to medium quality.
Apple’s first XR device is expected to be released as a specialty product for entertainment and gaming. The 1st Gen product is expected to focus on the importance of Metaverse headset testing to prepare for the best version as a 2nd Gen XR device to be released soon after.
Apple is also developing a 2nd generation XR device at the same time, with the aim of releasing it in 2024. The 2nd generation product is expected to be much lighter than the 1st generation product and equipped with call function. They aim to popularize XR devices by dramatically increasing portability.
LG Innotek is being discussed as a supplier of ultra-high definition cameras for 2nd generation Apple XR devices.
For more, read the full Computer news in Korea report.