Production of Apple Vision Pro headsets: Possible shift to Chinese manufacturers
- Apple is considering moving production of micro-OLED displays for future versions of Sony's Vision-Pro headset to Chinese manufacturers such as BOE and SeeYa, according to The Information.
- The two Chinese tech companies BOE and Sony are distinguished by their strong commitment to the technology, backed by local government initiatives.
- If BOE and SeeYa meet Apple's stringent quality standards, they may be able to completely replace Sony as the main supplier of Vision-Pro displays.
The Information reports that Chinese companies are playing an increasingly critical role for Apple. It is currently being evaluated whether the micro-OLED displays from BOE and SeeYa could be used for a next-generation Vision-Pro model and a future cost-effective mixed-reality headset model.
Does that mean the end for Sony?
Sony, the current supplier of micro-OLED displays for Vision Pro, reportedly expressed reservations about expanding its manufacturing capabilities. In contrast, BOE and Sony show great commitment to advancing their technology. If they are able to meet the stringent requirements, they may even completely replace Sony as the main supplier of Vision-Pro displays.
Chinese Companies are Already Deeply Integrated
Despite potential operational challenges, Chinese companies are already deeply integrated into Apple's current Vision Pro production processes. Companies like Lens Technology and Genius Electronic Optical, who make significant contributions to the production of the headset, are already widely known. Luxshare Precision Industry has also replaced the Taiwanese company Pegatron as the main assembler for the device.
It seems that Apple's production paths are slowly but surely moving towards China. This decision could have far-reaching implications for both the industry and the relations between the two economic powers. As always, only time will tell how these changes in the supply chain will affect the end product and the consumers.
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