Apple AR Headset Running 'rOS' Rumored for 2019 Launch

Apple is building augmented reality glasses that overlay the digital world on top of the real world Report

According to the report, North America remains the dominant force in the growth of MR technology, due to companies such as Canon, Infinity Augmented Reality, Magic Leap, Ubisoft and Microsoft's work on the HoloLens.

Microsoft, of course, is already well ensconced in the AR/VR world, having launched a v1 HoloLens a year ago as a $3,000 Developers Edition, and has talked about a HoloLens version 2, with built-in AI processing, but that device apparently won't ship until 2019.

Apple's rumored AR headset might be ready by 2019 and could be released to consumers as soon as 2020.

Sources speaking with Bloomberg say Apple's hardware and software AR projects are being developed under the codename "T288".


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The in-house chip would have a similar design to what's now in the Apple Watch, which allows for more components in a smaller area. It will also have its own chipset, and an operating system now known as rOS, according to Bloomberg anonymous sources familiar with the device. Apple is still trying to figure out the best way to interact with the headset, according to the report, and is considering everything from touch panels to voice controls with Siri to head gestures. "I can tell you that the technology itself doesn't exist to do [AR glasses] in a quality way", Cook said to Vogue in October after dismissing "rumours and gossip" about the idea. Apple's standalone AR headset will not require a connection to a computer or a mobile device. It wouldn't say which company it would make AR components for, but given its key relationship with Apple it's hard not to assume it's anyone but the Cupertino company. He didn't outright deny the rumours though, instead explaining there are technological issues preventing AR going mainstream this decade.

Apple has not yet completed a prototype device, so it is now using HTC Vive headsets for testing. Apple is said to be discussing the possibility of launching a new type of App Store for the headset where users can download compatible AR apps.

Apple's growing interest in augmented reality (AR) is well-established at this point, with CEO Tim Cook calling AR "a big idea like the smartphone" earlier this year, and the company making dipping its toes in the field for the first time with the launch of the ARKit framework for iOS 11. "We are high on AR for the long run", he said.

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