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Apple will release the top-level configuration of AR and VR hybrid head display in 2020. Can the display industry reshuffle

Apple CEO cook praised augmented reality (AR), saying it is as important as iPhone. Facts have proved that he may also have a big plan for virtual reality (VR)

according to a person familiar with the matter, the company is developing a head display that can support both AR and VR technologies. People familiar with the matter said that the plan will provide users with 8K display, which is even higher than the resolution of today's best TVs. Moreover, the display screen will not be limited by computer or intelligence

the project code named t288 is still in its early stage and is expected to be released in 2020. Of course, apple can still change or cancel the plan

currently, apple declined to comment

it is worth noting that although Apple has been committed to promoting the augmented reality function of iPhone and iPad in the past, the head display under development can support ar and VR. Cook once said that he believes that AR has greater opportunities than VR, in part because augmented reality can immerse you. Either way, it is crucial for apple to expand beyond the iPhone

although Apple has been involved in some small VR projects, R & D head shows that it means a significant investment in the VR field. Although Facebook, Google and Samsung have invested heavily in this field, VR, known as the next-generation hot technology trend, has not been resonated with consumers. In the face of such a situation, the industry also began to agree with cook's view on augmented reality more and more, and there have been many popular ar functions, such as poke, mon go games, or filters on instagram and snapchat

according to people familiar with the matter, Apple's head display will use short-range high-speed wireless technology to connect to a special box. This box will be supported by a more powerful customized Apple processor than existing products, which will act as the brain of AR/VR head display. This box is similar to a PC host, but it won't become another Mac

unlike HTC vive, users can detect their position without installing a dedicated camera in the room. People familiar with the matter said that all devices will be embedded in Apple's head display and box

Apple's AR/VR potential

today, AR and VR are still emerging markets and will erupt in the next few years. Companies like magic leap have invested millions or even billions of dollars in development and promised to change the way we see the world. Facebook sees AR and VR head displays as the future of computing and communication

according to the report of CCS insight, it is estimated that consumers will buy 22 million VR and AR head displays and glasses this year. The analyst said the number should soar fivefold to 120 million by 2022, noting that the market would reach $10 billion by then

last year, apple unveiled its work achievements on AR and VR for the first time. At the WWDC developer conference in June, Apple launched arkit to help developers develop augmented reality applications for iPhone and iPad. It also said it was working with valve to introduce the steam VR platform into the MAC desktop. Previously, the VR platform was not compatible with Apple computers

however, in terms of AR and VR hardware, although competitors have released a large number of devices, Apple has always been on the sidelines. Samsung and oculus jointly launched a virtual reality head display using Samsung intelligence; Microsoft has also been developing its hololens augmented reality head display and windows 10 hybrid reality glasses; Google released DIY's virtual reality toolkit cardboard to make it easier for consumers to access this technology, and launched daydream view head display two years ago; Magic leap's upcoming AR system promises to integrate Star Wars style holograms into the wearer's real-world vision

although Apple has not made many public appearances in the AR/VR field, it has been quietly developing. It hired executives in related fields, acquired startups in related fields, and applied for patents related to these two technologies, such as the technology of using virtual reality technology to help alleviate carsickness

Bloomberg reported last November that Apple plans to launch the AR head display in 2019 and ship it in 2020 as far as possible. The device will have its own display and run on a new chip and operating system

goodbye, wired era

at present, one of the problems faced by VR is to build a system. Samsung's gear VR needs GA related research, which has been published in the online edition of carbohydrate polymer magazine, laxy intelligence to run, while Sony, HTC, oculus and other companies' devices need high-end PC or game console to support. Secondly, these devices are wired, many, many lines

VR is expected to become a wireless device in the future, which is what Apple wants to do. According to people familiar with the matter, the box will use wireless technology called 60GHz wigig. The second-generation version, known as 802.11ay, can improve the speed and range of the technology and get rid of the limitations of computers. The final version of wigig 2.0 may not be available until 2019

the box that powers the AR/VR head display will also use a 5nm processor. How small is it? According to the National Nanotechnology Initiative, the growth rate of fingernails is about one nanometer per second, or one billionth of a meter

for comparison, the iPhone x uses a 10 nanometer processor. When it comes to chips, the smaller the number, the faster the speed and the higher the efficiency

control your own destiny

Apple has been expanding the parts market because it tries to master all the hardware and software in the device. Now, it has designed an application processor that can act as the brain of mobile devices, a Bluetooth chip that can quickly connect airpods to iPhone, and a security chip to protect personal data and biometrics from hackers. Apple can build its own schedule and better manage its new devices

it has been working hard to develop processors and hopes to replace Intel chips on MAC computers by 2020. According to people familiar with the matter, the chips used in MAC computers in the future will be similar to those used in t288 AR/VR program

at the same time, the 8L display in Apple's new head display will make VR/AR images look more realistic. The combination of smaller and more powerful chips and high-quality video will create a non dizzy experience

earlier this year, LG and Samsung demonstrated 8K TV sets at CES, but they are not yet available. Now, no company has released 8K VR glasses. A healthy market will eventually benefit all upstream and downstream participants. PImax, a Chinese startup, is seeking crowdfunding to create an 8K virtual reality head display. This device provides 4K display experience for each eye. Apple's goal is a higher resolution, an 8K display experience for each eye

Jony ive, Apple's design director, said at the new Yorker conference last October: "we do have some ideas, and we are waiting for the technology that can realize them." (he refers to displays and semiconductors.)

Apple has achieved success by entering mature markets, such as smart phones, tablet computers, smart watches, etc., relying on products with excellent and simple appearance. The company hopes that history will repeat itself through AR and VR

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