Apple's rumored AR headset now has a codename and OS

Apple's rumored AR headset now has a codename and OS

According to sources speaking with Bloomberg this week, Apple is now developing an augmented reality headset with its own in-built display. Although the development timeline for the upcoming augmented reality device is described as "aggressive", it could still change.

According to the report, Apple is looking into using its expert knowledge in designing custom silicon to create a more power-efficient chip for the headset. The advantage of such a chip is that it's able to integrate more components than more common system-on-a-chip configurations, while at the same time using less power.

Tthe operating system has been dubbed "rOS", which means "reality operating system". The OS would borrow from iOS.

This headset is said to be the next brand new product, along the lines of the Apple Watch. Geoff Stahl, a former software manager for games and graphics at Apple, is one of the rOS software group's directors, Bloomberg says.

Details such as how users will control the headset are still being investigated.

If everything goes according to plan, Apple's first independent AR headset could produce "virtual meeting rooms and 360-degree video playback" in 2020, as well as support a range of mapping and texting apps accumulated in a dedicated version of the App Store.

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Bloomberg's Mark Gurman claims Apple's assembled a team called "T288" with hundreds of engineers to work on an AR headset that doesn't require an iPhone to work. They're also working on a device similar to an Oculus Gear VR headset. However, this device in particular won't be released as a consumer product and will simply be used internally to test AR apps next year.

A lot of companies think that AR and VR are the technologies of the future, and now Apple has been prompted to ramp up the development on an AR headset of its own. ARKit can run on compatible iPhones and iPads and uses of the devices' displays and built-in cameras.

Some of Apple's competitors, including Microsoft and Google, have already delivered augmented reality headsets.

Although it declined to comment on the story, Apple has made no secret of its desire to harness augmented reality technology, with company CEO Tim Cook publicly praising the nascent tech. "The field of view, the quality of the display itself, it's not there yet".

APPLE'S LONG RUMOURED augmented reality (AR) headset could see an official launch in 2019.