While most of its competitors are launching VR and AR headsets, Apple is still keeping a low profile, seeming like they’re not interested at all in this constantly growing domain.
However, according to the latest rumors, the Cupertino-based manufacturer is working at an augmented reality headset that will have its on display and be powered by a new chip and operating system, says MacRumors, citing a report from Bloomberg.
Hitting the shelves in about 3 years
Apple is planning to have all the technology ready for the headset until 2019, while a consumer version should start shipping by 2020, according to the same report. What’s very interesting is that the development timeline is said to be “very aggressive” and could change a bit in the mean time.
As for the operating system of the presumed Apple augmented reality headset, it should be a custom version, dubbed “rOS”, short for “reality operating system.”
“Just as tvOS powers the Apple TV, macOS runs on Macs and watchOS runs on Apple Watches, “rOS” will power Apple’s AR headset,” said Geoff Stahl, formerly a software manager for games and graphics at Apple, and one of the directors of the “rOS” software group.
The way how users will control the augmented reality headset and launch apps is far from being in a final version, but currently, the company is investigation touchscreens, as well as voice activation through Siri and head gestures.
Relying on competitors’ headsets?
Currently, Apple software engineers are relying on HTC Vive headsets, but they’re also working on a device similar to the Oculus-powered Samsung Gear VR, using an iPhone display, as well as other hardware, but just for internal testing purposes.
For the moment, this is everything we know about this project, but we will be back on the topic, as soon as anything new comes up.