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Launched Next Year! Taiwan Media Says Apple and Valve Collaborate to Develop Apple AR Head Display

Apple has cooperated with American game developer Valve to develop the rumor Apple AR head display device. It may release in the second half of 2020. Taiwan’s ODMs Quanta Computer and Heshuo will be responsible for the assembly work.

Valve is the creator of the popular Steam digital store and delivery platform. In April 2019 company debut its first VR headset, the Valve Index. However, Apple’s partnership with the company focuses on AR, not VR.

Apple will cooperate with Valve on AR headsets rather than VR devices. Because its chief executive, Tim Cook, believes that AR can make digital content a part of the user world. And they will be popular like Smartphones are as popular with consumers. This also prompted Apple to accelerate the development of AR software by recruiting more engineers. Mainly in the graphic design, system interface and system architecture departments.

In July of this year, DigiTimes reports that Apple had temporarily stop developing AR / VR headsets. The team that studies these headsets were disband in May and reassign to other product developments. Apple is actually in the process of transitioning from internal development to collaborative development by partners.

Apple’s AR head will be put into mass production as early as the fourth quarter of this year, and will launch in early 2020. Apple’s glasses will be sold as iPhone accessories, mainly playing the role of a display. While wirelessly computing, network and positioning to the iPhone. He believes that mass production may begin sometime between the fourth quarter of 2019 and the second quarter of 2020.

In November 2017, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman reports that Apple’s headsets will run a custom operating system based on iOS called “real-world operating system” – “rOS”. He said at the time that Apple had not finalize how the user would control the headset.. But could include touch screens, Siri voice and head control.

Quanta Computer and Heshuo are processing the manufacturing and assembly work of Apple AR head display. According to today’s report, Quanta Computer can use the lens lens technology licensed by Lumus to produce AR head display at a lower cost.

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