Valve is reportedly working on Apple’s AR headset

Yolanda Curtis
November 6, 2019

Apple and game developer Valve is rumored to be working towards creating an AR headset, according to DigiTimes.

Talk of an Apple AR headset (or Apple Glasses) has been floating around since 2017, when Bloomberg reported that the tech-giant was working on getting such a device out to the world by 2020, even seeing it as a potential successor to the iPhone, apparently. The same report mentions that Apple is also in talks with Taiwan's ODMs Quanta Computer and Pegatron for assembling the AR headset. However, having these two companies involved in the production of the AR headset shows that Apple is planning to make it a mainstream device with sales numbers potentially in the double-digit millions, something no manufacturer of VR headsets has achieved yet.

A patent filing from earlier this year lead many to think that Apple was working on a VR or MR headset.

News of Apple's augmented reality headset has been popping up for a while now. If true, this adds fuel to the rumors that Apple might be preparing more than one AR/VR capable devices, including one that's focused on entertainment.

APPLE HAS REPORTEDLY roped in Valve to help it develop its long-rumoured augmented reality (AR) headset.

Kuo's note also forecasts that Apple will be partnering with "third-party brands" to design the headset. The latest DigiTimes report essentially confirms Kuo's predictions. On the gaming side, we're just naturally intrigued by anything Valve decides to take part in, as the company - until the release of the Valve Index recently - has largely been running the Steam store and not doing much else.

So far, neither Apple or Valve have commented on this rumour.

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