Apple is rumoured to be partnering with Valve on its AR headset

Ruben Fields
November 6, 2019

According to a Digitimes report today, Apple plans to release an augmented reality (AR) headset in 2020.

A patent filing from earlier this year lead many to think that Apple was working on a VR or MR headset.

The new iPad Pro models will be launched in the first quarter and will reportedly come with a rear-facing 3D Time-of-Flight sensor for increased accuracy in depth-of-field photography. It's also purchased several AR companies since 2015.

It's nice that such a big and wealthy company like Apple goes to a gaming label like Valve in order to expand its horizons and work on such an innovative tech as augmented reality. The latest DigiTimes report essentially confirms Kuo's predictions. Valve, a well-known game developer and publisher, will aid Apple with the AR headsets.

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A recent patent application from the company suggests Apple is pursing a technology described as a "Display Device" that uses a futuristic-sounding 'reflective holographic combiner'. It's long-rumored Apple Glasses might be months away from release, however, and now new information adds an important partner to Apple's endeavor. In the early days of Oculus, Valve was heavily involved until Facebook swooped in with its acquisition.

Kuo's note also forecasts that Apple will be partnering with "third-party brands" to design the headset. By narrowing the scope, Apple can control the quality of the product while leveraging others' resources. According to the report, the headset is said to be launched sometime in the second half of 2020.

Documents also suggest that Apple may have a prototype of the device which is reportedly code-named 'Garta'.

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