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Apple may be working on an AR headset for 2020

10 November 2017, 01:05 | Kristen Gross

Apple may be working on an AR headset for 2020

Apple may be working on an AR headset for 2020

Bloomberg reports it's the same team that was first responsible for ARKit, Apple's set of tools that allows developers to create augmented reality applications for the iPhone and iPad, and new version of ARKit could debut in 2018.

The Apple AR headset will be unique, as it will have its own display, a chip and an OS, says Bloomberg, citing people familiar with the situation.

It will also reportedly run on an all-new chip and sport its own tailored operating system. Geoff Stahl, formerly a software manager for games and graphics at Apple, is one of the directors of the "rOS" software group. Apple is said to be experimenting with a variety of different control schemes, including built-in touch pads and voice control through Siri. It's unclear if this device will support VR in any way, but the report does state that the company is using the HTC Vive for testing and that a device similar to Oculus and Samsung's Gear VR using iPhone components is also being used (though isn't meant to be sold). Googles headset unlike Apples will focus on education and medical uses.

Sources said the 2020 launch timeline is "very aggressive" and is subject to change, and Chief Design Officer Jony Ive admitted to a tech panel last month that "there are certain ideas that we have and we are waiting for the technology to catch up with the idea".

Apple Inc.is developing a brand new augmented-reality headset for 2019.

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It's hard to imagine what this augmented reality headset will look like. Cook believes that augmented reality will be able to change the current use of technology. Cook added, "Most technology challenges can be solved, but it's a matter of how long". The VR technology takes the user out of the real world to a digital one, while the AR tech overlays digital information onto the viewer's line of sight.

Microsoft has also been promoting 3rd party development of what it's calling "Mixed Reality", bringing the same development experience to cheaper virtual reality devices and the HoloLens.

Apple is reportedly going all in on augmented reality. Rockwell previously ran engineering at Dolby Labs.

Apple CEO Tim Cook has told media outlets that he considers AR to be as potentially revolutionary as the smartphone. It's being built by the same team building on ARKit, which Bloomberg confirms was a first step to testing and building an AR ecosystem before the hardware was ready.



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