According to Ross Young, the twin displays of Apple’s AR/VR headset measure 1.41 inches each. These displays will have a combined resolution of 8K, he claims, thereby boosting the PPI value to over 4,000 pixels per inch. With a claimed brightness of 5,000 nits, it would be far brighter than any competing product currently on the market. To put that number into perspective, it would make these tiny displays as bright as the displays used on ultra-high-end TVs. When looking at the best smartphone displays currently available, the brightest ones out there barely reach 2,000 nits peak brightness. While the claim of 5,000 nits only refers to the peak brightness value, there is no denying that it is an exceptionally high number for a VR headset.
Apple’s AR/VR imager specs:
Two 1.41″ Micro OLEDs
>5000 nits of brightness
— Ross Young (@DSCCRoss) May 30, 2023
These exceptional display specs — if true — will also ensure that the viewing experience on Apple’s VR/AR headset will be superior to any competing product. The only other AR headset that comes close to this number is the Magic Leap 2, which peaks at 2,000 nits. With the rumored 8K resolution, it will also leap ahead of the Quest 2 Pro from Meta, which only manages to reach a PPI value of 1,200. With WWDC less than a week away, we don’t need to wait too long to see if Apple finally ends up announcing the Apple headset. Other announcements expected at WWDC 2023 include new iterations of iOS, iPadOS, macOS, and tvOS. This is in addition to a rumored 15-inch version of the MacBook Air, as well as a new Mac Pro.