However, this time around, Apple's partnership with Valve will be focusing more on AR than VR. As per the report, Taiwaese ODMs, Quanta Computer and Pegatron, have been assigned to handle the assembly job, but there's no word at this stage about what to expect from the device itself. Of course, that's nothing surprising considering Apple has been working with both companies for a while now. Apple has always been more interested in AR over VR because of the former's ability to be integrated into everyday tasks without closing one off from the world.
First there's the addition of leading virtual reality engineers to Apple's team, including one of the creators of Microsoft's Xbox, plus its acquisitions of companies that specialize in gaming and virtual reality motion technology. It turns out, this may not have been entirely true.
This latest report comes from DigiTimes, which admittedly has a spotty track record when it comes to these predictions, since its information comes from the supply chain, rather than sources inside of Apple.
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The AR headset "may" come out in the second half of next year "at the earliest", according to the publication.
So far, neither Apple or Valve have commented on this rumour.
These claims were later backed up by Taiwanese analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who said that the Apple AR device would be entering production towards the end of 2019 (aka, now).
It's unclear what the division of labour is here, but it does follow Valve launching its own Index VR headset after initially teaming up with phone and tablet company HTC for 2016's Vive. For one, the upcoming Apple AR headset is expected to sync with the iPhone to display messages, maps, and more importantly- games.