Apple planning AR headset for 2020

Apple may launch an augmented reality headset running a custom OS by 2020

Apple is ramping up its development of augmented reality (AR) hardware, according to a new Bloomberg report. It'll also use a new operating system built out of iOS called rOS, short for "reality operating system", according to Bloomberg. The headset will have its own display and use a custom system-on-a-chip, just like the Apple Watch now does. "rOS" will be based on iOS which is the operating system of Apple's other iDevices.

In addition to a predictable second version of the ARKit software tool collection reportedly planned for a 2018 release, those long-rumored Apple smart glasses might be starting to shape up, according to "people familiar with the situation" quoted today by Bloomberg. It became known that the new device, the American company will present in 2020.

Meanwhile, in an interview with ABC last fall, Apple CEO Tim Cook enthusiastically spoke about AR and virtual reality, saying "My own view is that augmented reality is the larger of the two, probably by far".

Since the release of Apple's iOS 11 mobile operating system on September 19, over 1,000 AR apps have been approved for the iPhone and iPad. Aetna workers are co-located at Apple's offices in Cupertino, he said, as the company looks to have a variety of apps ready in time for the January 1 start of the Apple Watch pilot program. The operation of The device augmented reality will support the new chip, which was developed at Apple.


There are several real-world applications of AR, however, Apple has close competition from Google wherein the latter is working on a business-oriented variant of the Google Glass as pointed out in the report. "I can tell you that the technology itself doesn't exist to do [AR glasses] in a quality way", Cook said to Vogue in October after dismissing "rumours and gossip" about the idea.

"If we can make it work it will be well worth it for us to give everybody an Apple Watch but we've got to get the technology right", Bertolini said Tuesday while speaking at the Techonomy conference in Half Moon Bay, Calif.

As for input, the company is allegedly experimenting with touch panels, voice activation serviced by Siri and head gestures. He didn't outright deny the rumours though, instead explaining there are technological issues preventing AR going mainstream this decade.

Apple isn't interested in the current crop of AR devices that use a phone as both the screen and the processor.

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