According to a report by Japanese publication Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun, Sony will be supplying OLED microdisplays for Apple’s widely rumoured augmented reality (AR) glasses, which are expected to debut as early as next year (via MacRumors).
The report has also been corroborated by analyst Ross Young, who claims that Apple is indeed planning to use Sony’s microdisplay technology for its upcoming wearable accessory.
Sony’s OLED microdisplays are small, cutting-edge displays with an ultra-fast response rate, ultra-high contrast, a wide colour gamut for precise colour reproduction, high luminance, low reflectance, and other benefits that would be ideal for Apple’s AR glasses.
“Young said the glasses will use a 0.5-inch display with a 1,280×960 resolution, and these specs appear to correspond with Sony’s ECX337A component. According to Sony’s website, this microdisplay in particular has a max brightness of 1,000 nits, an ultra-high contrast of 100,000:1, and an ultra-fast response rate of 0.01 ms or less.”
While the report says Apple plans to release its glasses in 2021, veteran analyst Ming-Chi Kuo does not expect a release until 2022.