At the end of January Apple announced that its chief engineer, Dan Riccio, would leave his place to devote himself to a project that was then a bit mysterious. We did not have to wait long for us to know more. According to Bloomberg, he is now responsible for overseeing the development of AR and VR devices.
We suspected it a little, but the thing is confirmed, Dan Riccio would have been placed by Tim Cook at the head of the team of engineers in charge of the development of AR and VR products. Last month, the VP of engineering at Apple gave his place to his colleague at John Ternus to devote himself to a ” new project“. Apple did not reveal any more, however, simply suggesting by a few bombastic sentences that Dan Riccio would be in charge of an ambitious project.
Based on information from Bloomberg, who was able to discuss with people in the secret, the person concerned would be in charge of supervising the design of virtual and augmented reality devices. We think first of all of the Apple Glass project, which has been the subject of insistent rumors in recent months. Contacted by the American media, Apple did not wish to comment.
Dan Riccio, the extra person Apple’s AR / VR project needs?
As recalled Bloomberg , this project is currently being carried out on a day-to-day basis by another VP: Mike Rockwell, who heads a team of over a thousand engineers. Despite this workforce, the project encountered some development problems. By adding Dan Riccio to the top of the org chart, Tim Cook is probably hoping his expertise can help.
The device under development could anyway be equipped with screens developed in-house by Apple. According to Nikkei, the brand has also signed a contract with its Taiwanese partner TSMC for the manufacture of Micro OLED panels printed directly on wafers (these thin silicon plates on which the processors are engraved, among others). This method would allow the manufacture of much thinner, lighter and above all energy-saving screens: the perfect combination for augmented reality glasses.
If the information ofNikkeiare fair, the design of these Micro OLED displays is probably led by Johny Srouji, the engineer in charge of processors and modems at Apple, who was recently entrusted with the in-house development of displays and cameras. Note that Apple also continues to work on MicroLED panels, more traditional, especially in a factory located near its headquarters in California.