The mysterious Apple Glasses have had a rumored 2022 launch date for months, however Wednesday’s Twitter leak presents a few of the first concrete spec particulars we have seen concerning how Apple’s wearable AR shows will likely be manufactured.
Displays skilled Ross Young tweeted that he has ‘heard from a number of sources that Apple is pursuing AR/VR glasses utilizing Sony microOLEDs. 0.5″, 1280×960 resolution, 1H’22 intro.’
By ‘Sony microOLEDs,’ Young is referring to Sony’s OLED microdisplay technology, which Sony says is built for AR/VR glasses among other applications. It claims these OLED microdisplays have a 100,000:1 contrast ratio, a response speed of 0.01ms or less, and a wide color gamut.
I should clarify that this is AR only. It will use projection optics inside the glasses.October 22, 2020
Young says the half-an-inch (0.5in) display will have a pixels-per-inch count of over 3000. Considering glasses lenses are typically about two inches wide, this suggests that the OLED microdisplays will be embedded inside of larger lenses, which could limit the field of view of the AR HUD. Perhaps the OLED portion of the lens will be able to project its visual data across the entire lens surface.
While the leaker initially said that these displays would be used for AR/VR glasses, he then clarified that Apple planned to use them for its AR-only Glasses design. This tracks with rumors we’ve heard that AR Glasses would launch in 2022, followed by a VR/AR hybrid headset in 2023 or later.
Young previously predicted the 2021 iPhone 13 lineup would have integrated touch OLED screens with 120Hz ProMotion, which strongly suggests that he has inside sources at Apple or with its manufacturing partners.
Sighting different Apple Glasses leaks
Recent Apple patent filings have given us even additional perception into a few of the options and strategies that Apple Glasses might use.
One Apple patent, ‘Keyboard Operation With Head-mounted Device,’ describes how AR Glasses may very well be used to venture a ‘digital keyboard’ onto a desk or ‘touch-sensitive floor’ and register your keystrokes utilizing the Glasses. Found by AppleInsider, this patent additionally proposed making your palms invisible when you sort to higher see the keys, or projecting typed phrases or ‘recommended textual content’ within the air above your keyboard.
Another patent additionally discovered by AppleInsider, ‘Monitoring a consumer of a head-wearable digital machine,’ proposes to make use of Apple Glasses to watch your head actions and facial expressions, then ship the info to your iPhone. Along with apparent actions like shaking your head, Apple Glasses might use its gentle sensors to watch ‘chewing; smiling; frowning; grimacing; gasping; mouth opening; mouth closing; or buzzing.’
Finally, an Apple patent filed at present and located by Patently Apple proposes that Glasses wearers can decide up two shopper merchandise and maintain them each inside view. The Glasses will reply by looking for knowledge on each merchandise, then projecting a summarized report of how the 2 merchandise examine to 1 one other in your discipline of view.