Apple Is Moving Forward on an Augmented Reality Headset

Apple is building augmented reality glasses that overlay the digital world on top of the real world Report

This in-house chip is similar to the concept of "system-on-a-package" that can be seen in the Apple Watch. If Apple manages to stick to its 2019 date, then we may start seeing leaks and new information throughout 2018.

Tthe operating system has been dubbed "rOS", which means "reality operating system". Work is ongoing on a dedicated processor for the device and designs have been commenced for its "rOS" operating system, short for "reality operating system". The same team developed the ARKit, Apple's first major step into augmented reality. Stahl used to be one of Apple's software managers for games and graphics. In particular, the paper discusses the application of touch panels, voice activation via Siri and control using head movements. Engineers are also prototyping a number of apps, including mapping, texting, virtual meeting rooms, and 360-degree video. Apple is said to be discussing the possibility of launching a new type of App Store for the headset where users can download compatible AR apps.

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.

So saysBloomberg, which claims that the firm is in the process of "ramping up" its plans to launch an AR device which would take on rival products from the likes of Microsoft, Facebook's Oculus and HTC.

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Apple is said to be releasing a new version of ARKit software tools as early as next year to help developers create software that remembers where a digital object was placed in virtual space. ARKit can run on compatible iPhones and iPads and uses of the devices' displays and built-in cameras. "There's virtual reality and there's augmented reality-both of these are incredibly interesting". Cook acknowledged as much in a recent interview with The Independent, when he said: "Anything you would see on the market any time soon would not be something any of us would be satisfied with". He also said that the field of view and the quality of the display itself is simply "not there yet".

Apple CEO Tim Cook has not been shy about his admiration for augmented reality, and how the company thinks its a potentially huge deal for everyone from regular Joes and Janes to big business.

It seems that Apple began assembling a team to work on AR-related projects a couple of years ago, Bloomberg reported in March.

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