Apple’s rumored VR headset wasn’t mentioned at today’s “California Streaming” event, but we learned an important detail about the rumored product.
Little is known about the experimental device, but according to ElecApple’s upcoming VR headset could reportedly feature a “Micro-OLED” display with a claimed 3,000 pixels per inch.
A Korean publication, The Alec, has reported that the company has sought samples of fine metal masks (FMMs) from South Korean company APS Holdings.
According to The Alec, Apple will test the FMM sample to see if it is suitable for use in mass production of their VR headsets. FMM is a metal material board used to deposit RGB organic materials and form pixels in OLED displays.
APS Holdings’ panel is also an RGB panel, unlike the white panels typically used for OLED displays, which means it will not require a color filter. Micro-OLED screens also have some advantages, such as offering pixel sizes of four to 20 micrometers, compared to 40 to 300 micrometers on standard OLED panels.
Micro-OLED displays also have quicker response times which makes them more suitable for VR and augmented reality (AR) platforms.
Renowned Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo also claimed that the micro-OLED displays would “enable a see-through AR experience” rather than the standard VR experience. It is also reported that Apple may offer a thinner and lighter chassis for its VR headsets, compared to the phone-sized displays used in current VR headsets.
Reports suggest that Apple’s rumored VR headset could be available in 2022 for a starting price of $3,000.
It is important to note that all the above information is based on guesswork. Hopefully, we will continue to learn more as the product progresses with development.