Apple rumored to be preparing AR glasses and 'rOS' for 2020

10 November, 2017, 10:12 | Author: Oscar Goodwin
  • Apple developing AR headset, could launch it in 2020, report says

With the iPhone X released into the wild, the potentially trillion-dollar question now surrounding Apple is: What's next? It has been reported that the augmented reality team is being led by Mike Rockwell, former engineer at Dolby Labs. I get excited because of the things that could be done that could improve a lot of lives.

AR headsets have been developed by other tech competitors with little success so far, from Google Glass to Microsoft Hololens - which uses both augmented reality and virtual reality - and even Snapchat's Spectacles.

Apple is reportedly running resources for the development of its next big project: a new augmented reality headset.

Apple CEO Tim Cook has been outspoken about his interest in AR, saying, however, that the technology to create a good AR system did not exist yet. Its based on iOS, the iPhone's operating system. It is also developing various apps for testing and for its own App Store. Cook said in the company's third-quarter earnings call last week. The display technology required, as well as putting enough stuff around your face-there [are] huge challenges with that.

However, the company has also for some time worked on specialized glass for AR glasses and headsets, telling prospective customers in a data sheet: "For "see-through" consumer electronic applications, Corning's solutions deliver outstanding field of view, image quality and definition (sharpness, contrast and low chromatic aberrations)". Apple engineers are also said to be now prototyping a range of applications for use in AR, reportedly using HTC Vive headsets for testing them.

The company is working on a standalone AR headset that is likely to be commercially available by 2020, Bloomberg reported on Thursday. One working prototype to internally test AR apps looks like an Oculus Gear headset with iPhone's screen, cameras and chipsets, according to Bloomberg.

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