Apple is reportedly collaborating with Valve on developing an AR headset which might be launched in the second half of 2020.
Rumors regarding an Apple developed artificial reality set began spreading way back in 2017, when leaks revealed that the company was indeed working on the device.
Ming-Chi Kuo, a well known Taiwanese analyst confirmed this hypothesis and even went one step ahead by saying that the new device from Apple could enter production in the last quarter of the current year.
Earlier this year, Apple decided to suspend the AR project at least temporary and shift their efforts towards working in partnership with Valve, who has a vast and rich experience in the field, as they were among the pioneers who brought native VR headset support to Apple’s operating system, MacOS.
DigiTimes reports that Apple will partner up with Valve for AR headsets rather than VR devices because Tim Cook, the CEO of Apple, believes that it’s possible to make digital content part of the daily experience of users and perhaps become just as popular as the smartphones that we are so used to.
Apple’s “head mounted display device” will most likely be introduced as a complementary accessory for iPhones: the display will work as a traditional display while the phone can wirelessly do all the computing and afferent data processing requirements.
It’s believed that Pegatron and Quanta Computer will take care of manufacturing and assembly of Apple’s new device. However, there is still more than one year separating us from the release of the gadget.