OLED displays aren''t ideal for augmented-reality glasses, according to a Samsung Display executive, which might be bad news for Apple if rumors that its work on AR glasses are true.
Kim Min-woo, a Samsung Display Operator at a recent industry meeting, explained that the best VR headsets (like the Oculus Quest 2) and AR glasses like the long-rumored Apple Glasses require different displays to suit their particular applications (via The Elec (opens in a new tab)).
Because AR devices allow the wearer to interact with the real world around them, their displays must be brighter. Because of this, users who wear the glasses will not be able to see their glasses heads-up display in bright conditions.
Because OLED screens would require additional protective layers to ensure water and other contaminants avoid ruining their organic components, they would have to be thicker and heavier than LED panels made from inorganic components.
However, Min-woos claims may come as the news to Apple. Although Apple hasnt confirmed that its manufacturing on AR glasses, leaks indicate that non-only are the Apple Glasses or whatever they end up being called in the future, but that long-time iPhone chip partner TSMC is preparing wafer-thin OLED displays for the device.
Apples'' supposed use of OLED screens is because they are more energy-efficient than other displays. This would mean that its AR glasses could be equipped with a lighter (and smaller) battery without sacrificing too much in terms of battery life.
All leaks and speculations must be addressed with a pinch of salt, but if Apple is effective to utilize OLED screens in its glasses, they may already have a few flaws in the eyes of Samsung Displays executives.
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While they are still in their early stages as a consumer option, QD-OLED panels that combine the best of QLED and OLED might be the solution that AR and VR devices need. These types of screens are most likely too thick and too costly to produce at a small scale right now, but their capabilities would make them an excellent choice.
We learned how immersive display options would be as a result of Meta Quest Pro, which spawned an industry-wide effort towards mixed reality, as a mixture of AR and VR all new headsets may be required to faithfully recreate the real world in all its brilliant colors.
We''ll have to wait to see which displays become the preferred option for AR and VR headsets, but we also hope that manufacturers like Apple haven''t put all their eggs in the wrong basket.
Is it possible to argue with mixed reality instead of virtual reality? Check out our Meta Quest Pro vs Oculus Quest 2 comparison guide.