As Apple prepares to introduce a new product category, there are definitely more rumors surrounding these devices. A report talks about the company’s second generation of AR headsets, claiming that the head-mounted laptop could have a screen with up to a 4000PPI (pixels per inch) density.
Apple reportedly required a 3000PPI test, where testing appeared to have been successful
In an earlier report, we discussed how LG was expected to mass-produce micro-OLED panels for second-generation AR headsets. Now, according to Patently Apple, the same South Korean manufacturer would use the ultra-high-resolution fine metal mask (FMM) from AP Systems. Back in 2021, Apple reportedly requested FMM samples from AP Systems for use in their mixed reality headsets.
The resolution of the headset’s display was 3000PPI, with the ultimate goal of Apple wanting to bring it to mass production. It should be noted that the same AP Systems was appointed by the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy to develop micro-OLED technology for high-resolution AR monitors. These panels will also radiate high brightness levels and will be used in a variety of applications.
AP Systems was appointed to develop panels for the national project with a resolution of 4000PPI in 2024. It is the same year that Apple is rumored to launch their pair of AR glasses and second-generation AR headsets, but it is not confirmed whether both product releases will actually happen. AP Systems is in the process of installing a new plant in Cheonan, South Korea, with the planned goal of making an FMM that can allow 3000PPI panels.
Unfortunately, this task sounds anything but easy. To achieve this, AP Systems will need to acquire new laser equipment to get rid of the old wet etching process. LG has also used AP Systems’ FMM in the past, so it can not be a coincidence that both of these companies are somehow involved in Apple’s second-generation AR headsets in some capacity. Hopefully we will continue to hear more about developing stories about this product, so stay tuned for more updates.
News source: Patently Apple