Apple’s plan for the AR headset has been in talks for a long time now and new reports say that the company is partnering with Valve to develop these glasses. Valve is a US game developer with many popular hit titles like Half-Life, Counter-Strike, Portal, Day of Defeat, Team Fortress, Left 4 Dead, Dota series under their name.
DigiTimes was the first to know about this and they said that Apple has partnered with US game developer Valve to develop AR head-mounted display devices which could be released in the second half of 2020 and the assembly job will be handled by Taiwan’s ODMs Quanta Computer and Pegatron based on industry sources.
Back in 2017, Valve had worked with Apple to add native VR headset support to macOS High Sierra. But this time the focus for Valve And Apple will only be on AR and not VR. Reporting about this, Digitimes said that Apple will cooperate with Valve on AR headsets rather than VR devices, as its CEO Tim Cook believes that AR can make digital content become part of the user’s world and will be as popular as smartphones with consumers and it will also promote Apple to step up the development of AR software by recruiting more engineers for graphic design, system interface and system architecture segments.
Earlier this year, Valve had also released it own VR headset called Valve Index. It comes with a combined resolution of 2880×1600 and is intended to be used with Valve Index Controllers for video games.