Apple, seeking a breakthrough product to succeed the iPhone, aims to have technology ready for an augmented-reality headset in 2019 and could ship a product as early as 2020. But unlike these headsets, which remain tethered to a smartphone or a computer, Apple's rumored AR headset would run independently, thanks to a new chip and operating system, according to Bloomberg, which broke the news Wednesday.
According to the report, the new operating system retains the conventions of iOS nomenclature and is called rOS (reality Operating System).
In search of a new product to make a breakthrough and surpass the iPhone, the USA technology company Apple is pointing in an interesting direction. Since Apple has not yet made a AR headset of its own, engineers are using HTC Vive for testing purposes.
However, Apple CEO Tim Cook has repeatedly expressed enthusiasm for augmented reality.
It has been quite some time since Apple is rumoured to be working on an augmented reality headset. The company says that the AR will change the way we use technology forever in the near future.
Cook said in an interview last month that quality AR headsets or glasses are not there yet technologically. Geoff Stahl, formerly a software manager for games and graphics at Apple, is one of the directors of the "rOS" software group.
Apps they are now exploring include maps, messaging, virtual meeting rooms, 360-degree video playback, etc. Apple is reportedly working on a chip in-house, similar to what is present in the Apple Watch.
In the meantime, Apple is banking on the potential of ARKit apps to revolutionize a mobile user's relationship with the iPhone.
The company is investigating the use of touchscreens, voice activation and hand signals to control the headset.
With the headset at least two years away, Apple wants to make it easier for developers to bring new AR features to the iPhone.