Apple may release a new Vision Pro with RGB OLED displays in 2027

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Apple may release a new Vision Pro with RGB OLED displays in 2027

Apple is reportedly planning to begin mass shipping its Vision Pro headphones in the first week of January, earlier than expected, according to supply chain analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. The headsets are expected to be in stores by the end of January.

In addition, new reports have emerged that Apple is planning to release a new model of the Vision Pro mixed reality (MR) device in 2027. This upcoming version will feature RGB OLEDoS (silicon-based OLED) technology, which is a significant improvement over the WOLED (white OLED) with a color filter (CF) used in the current version.

RGB OLEDoS will provide higher brightness than current WOLED+CF models

RGB OLEDoS technology produces light and color directly from adjacent RGB subpixels on the same layer, eliminating the need for a color filter. This results in significantly higher brightness than WOLED+CF OLEDoS technology, which uses white light filtered through RGB color filters to produce color.

RGB OLEDoS technology, originally developed for military use by the American company eMagin and now, after the acquisition of Samsung Display, represents a significant leap forward in display technology.

Market research firm Omdia, which revealed these plans, also provided information on the manufacturing and market aspects of these technologies. The current production of WOLED+CF OLEDoS, which is carried out by various companies, including Sony, faces limitations in terms of performance and capacity. In particular, Sony’s OLED display production has a yield of less than 50%. In contrast, RGB OLEDoS production, while not widespread, offers a brighter and more efficient display technology.

Meta (formerly Facebook) is also competing with Apple’s Vision Pro headset. Despite CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s skepticism about Apple’s technological breakthroughs, Meta is reportedly exploring different display technologies for its XR devices, including LCoS, OLEDoS, and LEDoS. However, their current offering, Quest, does not match the capabilities of Apple’s Vision Pro. Meta’s pursuit of a competitive augmented reality technology looks like it will be a longer road, potentially putting them behind Apple’s advances in spatial computing.

Samsung, another key player in the XR headset market, is working on its own versions. However, they are not expected to compete with Apple‘s Vision Pro in the near future, which underscores the tech giant’s leading position in the field of augmented brain technology.

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