Apple rumoured VR headet may feature a high-resolution 3000ppm OLED display.
Yesterday, Patently Apple posted a report titled “The technology behind Next-Gen OLED Panels for iPads and MacBooks is in the works that will deliver thinner sharper Displays.” The report covered next-gen OLED displays for tablets and notebooks using a new Fine Metal Mask (FMM) process.
Today we’re learning that Apple has requested a sample of FMM from APS Holdings for a virtual reality application, reads a new report from MacRumors. More specifically, Apple has requested a sample of the South Korean company’s laser patterning FMM. Apple requested a resolution of 3000ppi (pixels per inch) to meet their specifications for a VR device.
From The Elec:
Apple has requested a sample of fine metal mask (FMM) for application in virtual reality (VR) to APS Holdings, TheElec has learned.
Cupertino has requested a sample of the South Korean company’s laser patterning FMM. Apple requested a resolution of 3000ppi (pixels per inch).
Apparently, Apple is looking into laser drilling holes to make way for more pixels, and is also exploring use of MicroLED technology, using smaller pixels that have faster response times:
Pixel sizes in OLED panels used in smartphones and TVs range from 40 micrometers to 300 micrometers. Those in MicroOLED panel range from 4 micrometers to 20 micrometers. MicroOLED also has microseconds response time and is a likely candidate to be used for VR and augmented reality (AR) applications.
It is already known that Apple is working on a virtual reality headset, with rumors indicating it could be very expensive. A previous report from The Information tipped Apple to include not one but two 8K displays in its VR headset, stating the headset could cost $3,000 USD.