Apple is secretly working on an AR headset for 2020

Apple is secretly working on an AR headset for 2020

Another major news coming out Apple is that the company is working on an augmented reality headset for the year 2019, according to yet another report by Bloomberg.

According to sources speaking with Bloomberg this week, Apple is now developing an augmented reality headset with its own in-built display.

This OS will be based on iOS and comes after Apple also produced bespoke operating systems for Apple TV (tvOS) and Apple Watches (watchOS). The company will continue to develop the system over the next few years, including the release of more advanced software tools in 2018. As we've seen from other AR developers, minimizing technology to work in an AR headset is still a hard proposition.

It is well known that Cook and Apple feel that AR has much more potential than virtual reality (VR), given how the technology allows for interaction with the physical world rather than immersing people in virtual ones.

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A new report on the rise of mixed reality (MR) by Transparency Market Research shows that demand for the technology will continue to grow, fuelled in particular by the videogame and entertainment markets.

"We're already seeing things that will transform the way you work, play, connect and learn", Cook said on a November 3 conference call with analysts. However, this device in particular won't be released as a consumer product and will simply be used internally to test AR apps next year. In his comments about Apple's future in AR glasses, Cook said Apple doesn't make a habit of rushing to be first if that means delivering a sub par product and doesn't intend to start now. Led by Mike Rockwell, who previously ran engineering at Dolby Labs, the group has now grown to several hundred engineers from across Apple, the people said. The increasingly large team is working on both software and hardware projects related to AR "under the umbrella code name of "T288".

Some of Apple's competitors, including Microsoft and Google, have already delivered augmented reality headsets. To that end, Apple is reportedly still deciding how users will navigate the headset's UI and launch apps, "but is investigating touch panels, voice-activation via Siri and head gestures". The company has discussed pairing the headset with its own version of the App Store, where users would be able to download content, just as they do with the iPhone. Possible applications include messaging, virtual meetings and 360-degree video. READ NEXT:Google launches new spatial audio toolkit to help VR sound design Cook recently acknowledged the calls for Apple to build an AR headset or smart glasses, saying he "doesn't give a rats" about being the first to the idea.

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