Apple to launch AR headset in 2020

Apple to launch AR headset in 2020

Apple to launch AR headset in 2020

Apple is working to have an augmented reality headset developed by 2019 and shipped out to consumers as early as 2020, Bloomberg reports. It'll also use a new operating system built out of iOS called rOS, short for "reality operating system", according to Bloomberg.

The in-house chip would have a similar design to what's now in the Apple Watch, which allows for more components in a smaller area. This new OS is apparently dubbed "rOS" internally, which stands for "reality opertaing system".

We have ARKit on our iPhones and iPads now, and Apple may extend to an augmented reality headset within a couple years.

Sources said the 2020 launch timeline is "very aggressive" and is subject to change, and Chief Design Officer Jony Ive admitted to a tech panel last month that "there are certain ideas that we have and we are waiting for the technology to catch up with the idea".

A new report on the rise of mixed reality (MR) by Transparency Market Research shows that demand for the technology will continue to grow, fuelled in particular by the videogame and entertainment markets.


"Put simply, we believe AR is going to change the way we use technology forever", said Cook, during Apple's latest earnings call. They also have a device similar to an Oculus Gear VR headset that uses an iPhone's screen, cameras, and chipsets. The AR team, which is led by Mike Rockwell, now reportedly includes hundreds of engineers.

It is no secret that Apple is now infatuated with augmented reality technology. They're reportedly working on multiple hardware and software projects under the codename "T288". The mechanisms for launching and interacting these apps - whether via head gestures or through Siri - hasn't yet been decided upon, according to Bloomberg. The headset will be capable of running its own apps, and have access to a dedicated version of Apple's app store.

Apple will also likely play up the user experience-"bringing together technology in such a way that's interesting, useful and easy to use", Nguyen said. The range of AR apps that are now being prototyped is said to include mapping and texting applications, as well as more advanced tools, such as virtual meeting rooms and 360-degree video playback.

In his interview with Nikkei, Catcher CEO Allen Horng said that his company is now working on an AR device, but stopped short of specifically naming Apple.

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