DigiTimes: Valve helps Apple develop stereoscopic augmented reality headset
05.11.2019 0 Comments
In September, we received the first official confirmation that Apple has been testing a stereoscopic augmented reality headset codenamed Garta for some time. And now there are new, very intriguing details about the next key wearable device of the Cupertino giant. The Taiwanese DigiTimes resource shared information with reference to the supply chain.
Interlocutors DigiTimes said that Valve is participating in the development of Apple's AR-headset, which introduced the Index virtual reality headset in spring. According to DigiTimes, orders for Apple Glasses (no matter how the headset was eventually called) will be divided among themselves by the largest Taiwanese contract manufacturers Quanta Computer and Pegatron, long-standing partners of Apple.
Earlier, DigiTimes reported that Apple has suspended the development of glasses, but now there is a clarification that the pause was due to preparations for cooperation with Valve. In early October, analyst Min-Chi Kuo, well-known for his accurate predictions about Apple products, said that another manufacturer was helping Apple in the AR device project, and mass production would begin at the end of 2019. That is, everything converges here. And if all this is true, then at the next spring presentation, Apple will delight not only the revival of the iPhone SE, but also the AR headset.
As for the device itself, there are no details about it yet. But earlier, the same Min-Chi Kuo claimed that the first generation of Apple Glasses would be an iPhone accessory, similar to the first generation of Apple Watch. That is, the standalone mixed reality headset with 8K resolution support, which CNET wrote about in 2018, is clearly in the farther future. The first generation, running a special OS, will be used as an additional screen to display all kinds of information from a smartphone.