s 2021 gets underway, Apple continues to reveal more of their augmented reality device developments, and the latest update comes as insight into the specific components that Apple intends to build into its AR product.
One source close to Apple reports that the company has partnered with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) to develop micro OLED displays, which measure just under an inch, for their augmented reality wearables in development. It is reported that it will take a couple of years to reach mass production stages.
Micro OLEDs are thinner, smaller, and more power-efficient in comparison to LCD or OLED displays. Thus making them ideal for use in AR smartglasses which are intended to follow the VR/AR hybrid expected to arrive next year.
This year, Apple has already released lots of insights into Apple's first VR/AR headset, so far including LiDAR, eye tracking, dual 8k displays, a plethora of cameras and interchangeable headbands. With the first rumoured release date being in the first quarter 2022. Apple is also rumoured to currently be in the second phase of its product development, which is supposedly intended to be a developer-centric device.
Following the release of the developer-centric device should be the unveiling of the slimmer, consumer-grade smartglasses which less information has been released about. However previous reports have pegged them for arrival in 2023, although more recent reports state that they are still years from being ready for consumers, which marries with the micro OLED timeframe for mass production.
It's important to note that all these rumours should be taken with a grain of salt, as these devices aren't real until Apple CEO Tim Cook and his team unveil them on stage, however, it is looking promising that we will see something by the end of 2021.