LG is preparing to become a Apple High-pixel density display provider for AR / VR headsets, joining Sony

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LG will try to join Sony as a display supplier for the internal screens of Apple’s next generation AR/VR headset, reports Korean media. The first generation, which has not even been announced yet, should be arriving later this year or more likely in 2023, and will reportedly sport exclusive near-eye display technology crafted by Sony. The external display, or the so-called “indicator,” will be supplied by LG, but it is just a regular OLED panel, while LG wants to get into the more lucrative internal Apple AR/VR headset screens game as well. Apparently, LG has already ordered the MicroOLED display equipment from Sunic System and will be starting the trial depositions with the hope to wiggle into the Apple AR/VR 2 headgear supply chain at some point in the future.

LG is gearing up to become an Apple AR/VR headset high-pixel density display provider, joining Sony. Design idea for an Apple augmented reality/virtual reality headset (image: Antonio De Rosa) Design idea for an Apple augmented reality/virtual reality headset (image: Antonio De Rosa) While Sony is gearing ready to introduce the PlayStation VR2, which will have the highest pixel density display among commercial OLED panels, the company will also be supplying screens for Apple’s future AR/VR headset. LG will strive to diversify the Apple AR/VR headgear supply chain by becoming both a rival and a supplier as a result of this.

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  • Sony, however, will be releasing its own PlayStation VR2 headset soon and its panel is expected to offer the highest pixel density on a commercial OLED screen. Even if Sony supplies the same technology to Apple for its own AR/VR gear, the PlayStation VR2 device is still shaping up to be Apple’s main direct competitor in the field. That may be why the team from Cupertino would be looking for alternative AR/VR headset display supplier, and LG wants to be prepared to fill that role.

  • The term MicroOLED in the report seems to refer to an OLED screen made with a flexible silicon substrate instead of rigid glass. The flexible OLED screens in phones are now made with a plastic, instead of a glass substrate, too, even panels that are not destined for foldable phones. An OLED with a plastic substrate is lighter and way more durable and that’s what the Japanese will be providing to Apple as well.

Wooed by tech since the industrial espionage of Apple computers and the times of pixelized Nintendos, Daniel went and opened a gaming club when personal computers and consoles were still an expensive rarity. Nowadays, fascination is not with specs and speed but rather the lifestyle that computers in our pocket, house, and car have shoehorned us in, from the infinite scroll and the privacy hazards to authenticating every bit and move of our existence.

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