Earlier this month Patently Apple posted a report titled "Rumor on Apple's Future Mixed Reality Headset from 'The Information' sheds little light." The Information's report pointed to Apple's future Mixed Reality Headset providing 8K displays which we had said was first established by patents. Today the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially granted Apple a patent that relates to Apple's 8K foveated displays for a future headset.
Patently Apple was first to discover two European patent filings from Apple on the topic of 8K foveated displays for use in Apple's future headset. Our first report on this was published in February 2018 titled "A Euro Patent Reveals Apple is working on an 8K Foveated Micro-Display for a Head-up Display, iDevice and beyond." We posted a second report on foveated displays in March 2018 and finally a third based on a U.S. patent application in August 2018. The three previous patent reports are jam packed with illustrations detailing the foveated display along with gaze controls that you should check out further if this topic is of interest to you.
Apple's patent FIG. 2 below is a diagram showing how an electronic device may have a pair of displays each having lower resolution and higher resolution areas; FIG. 3 is a diagram showing how an electronic device may have a display with a higher resolution central area flanked by lower resolution peripheral areas.
For more details, review Apple's granted patent 10,930,219.
Some of the Inventors
Paolo Sacchetto: Director, Display Electrical Engineering at Apple
Bennett Wilburn: Senior Display Exploration Engineer
Graham Myhre, PhD: Senior Engineering Manager of Display Exploration
Fletcher Rothkopf: Senior Director of Product Design, Technology Development
Mike Dorjgotov: Engineering Manager
David Lum: Senior System Architect