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LG wants to partner with Apple for second-generation AR/VR headset

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apples WWDC event came and went without any mention of an AR/VR headset, but that hasn’t slowed down the influx of reports and rumors surrounding this highly anticipated product. Despite the absence of the first model, we are now learning about Apple’s second generation mixed reality headset.

I appreciate your collective eye-rolling and exasperated sighs, but this latest report isn’t from some random Twitter user coming up with specs and numbers. It was previously reported by the reliable South Korean outfit the Elecwhich claims LG Display will try to provide the micro-OLED panel for Apple’s second headset.

Why not the first model? Sony is reportedly supplying the main micro-OLED panel for the original mixed reality headset, while LG will provide an outer OLED indicator screen.

LG wants to get more involved and will try to overtake Sony as the primary supplier of the main micro-OLED display on the second-generation headset. This could benefit Apple as it tries to distance itself from a potential rival – Sony is already a major player in the VR space with its PlayStation VR headset.

LG is reportedly preparing its micro-OLED displays by ordering deposition equipment from Sunic System. It will use those tools to create micro-OLED panels for Apple’s second-generation headset.

What is micro OLED?

As The Elec explains, micro-OLED mount an OLED layer on a silicon substrate, while conventional OLED panels mount them on glass. With crystal silicon as the backplane, micro-OLED panels can be thinner and consume less power, while delivering excellent image quality with perfect black levels and high brightness. Micro OLED is expected to be the technology of choice for upcoming mixed reality headsets.

But this burgeoning display technology coupled with other advanced features (M-series processors, two 8K displays, a dozen sensors) doesn’t come cheap. It will reportedly increase the price of Apple’s upcoming AR/VR headset to a ridiculous $3,000† That’s another zero added to the price of the Oculus Quest 2the current leader in space.

We expected some mention of AR/VR at Apple’s WWDC event last week, but it never came. Still, all rumors point to a reveal in late 2022 or early 2023 and a release mid/late next year. If you prefer to wait for the second-generation product, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicted last year that it would arrive in the second half of 2024 with a lighter design, improved battery life, and faster performance (and a lower price, we hope).

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