Apple preparing to release AR headset in 2020

09 November, 2017, 00:51 | Author: Jeannette Greene
  • Apple is building augmented reality glasses that overlay the digital world on top of the real world Report

The tech giant is moving forward with an augmented reality headset that could make its way to store shelves in 2020, Bloomberg is reporting, citing people who claim to have knowledge of its plans.

The 3:59 gives you bite-size news and analysis about the top stories of the day, brought to you by the CNET News team in NY and producer Bryan VanGelder. 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".

Apple was not immediately available for comment.

An Apple employee showcases the augmented reality on iPhone 8. Simply put, he said, Apple believes AR is forever going to change the way we use technology.

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.

Bloomberg said an Apple team is building the headset and a special chip for it. It sounds like the best of both worlds, so it's understandable that Apple needs more time than usual to develop one for its AR headset. With augmented reality, you aren't shut off from the world around you, but virtual elements can be overlaid on the real world.

Apple are developing a device for augmented reality.


AR could help Apple re-energize its fan base and re-establish its mobile leadership, according to TechRepublic's Conner Forrest.

Apple's untethered headset would have a newly designed chip and operating system, according to Bloomberg's sources, though those details could change.

"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.

I can't wait to see Apple's AR headset arrive. Apple is also reportedly testing different methods for controlling the headsets such as touchscreens and voice activation using Siri.

Apple engineers are also said to be prototyping a range of applications, from mapping and texting to more advanced features including virtual meeting rooms and 360-degree video playback.

Apple will also likely play up the user experience-"bringing together technology in such a way that's interesting, useful and easy to use", Nguyen said. AR on smartphones is seen as a first step toward consumer adoption of the technology.

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