Apple planning AR headset for 2020

Apple may launch an augmented reality headset running a custom OS by 2020
Apple planning AR headset for 2020
Author

10 November, 2017

For the most part, analysts have been expecting Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) to launch a set of augmented reality (AR) glasses sometime between 2019 and 2020.

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. Citing sources "familiar with the situation", the report notes that this headset will feature a brand new display and run on a new chip and fresh operating system instead of the iOS mobile platform that now runs ARKit. However, the tech giant is said to be studying touch panels, voice control using Siri and even using head gestures to control the Apple AR headset's user interface.

Apple's team has used HTC Vive headsets as it works to develop a prototype for its own headset. Apple reportedly has no plans to release an iPhone-powered headset, however.

Gurman says Apple sees the AR device as the "breakthrough product to succeed the iPhone" and is aiming to ship it in 2020. At the time, Cook said that such a product won't be ready "anytime soon". The team is now working on an AR device that will use the iPhone's screen, camera and processors, but notes that it will not be available for consumers. ARKit allows developers to create augmented reality apps for iOS devices, and it's already resulted in some pretty interesting stuff. As we've seen from other AR developers, minimizing technology to work in an AR headset is still a hard proposition.

The report mostly jibes with CEO Tim Cook's recent interview with The Independent, in which Cook said, "But today I can tell you the [AR] technology itself doesn't exist to do that in a quality way".

More news: Amazon's New Smart Lock Lets Amazon Delivery People Into Your House

KitGuru Says: Given all of Tim Cook's gushing about Augmented Reality over the past year, this news isn't too surprising.

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. Rockwell previously ran engineering at Dolby Labs. Apple's "rOS" will power the AR headset very much like how watchOS and tvOS powers the Apple Watch and the Apple TV.

If Apple wants to lead the segment, it will have to learn from the mistakes that Google made with the Google Glass.

In the AR space, Google tried to push its innovative smart glasses (dubbed "Google Glass") back in 2013, but they ultimately failed to take off due to a series of privacy concerns and the lack of any killer apps. The product is now being offered to enterprise users.


More news


  • Saudi Arabia intercepts missile targeting main airport

    Saudi Arabia intercepts missile targeting main airport

    The U.S., which is one of the kingdom's most important military suppliers, has backed the coalition with logistical support. Iran denies that it has provided material support, though it acknowledges its political support of the Houthis.

    Surface Phone Rumors: Microsoft Working on the Device, Codenames it as 'Andromeda'

    So, what exactly is this Andromeda device and why should you care? The Andromeda would make practical use of digital pen and ink . Microsoft is working on a new Surface device that could deliver a foldable design, according to a new report.
    Eden Hazard goal lifts wasteful Chelsea to victory at Bournemouth

    Eden Hazard goal lifts wasteful Chelsea to victory at Bournemouth

    He's working very well and he's understanding this football and what I want from him. Their position is not right on the table.
  • Trump could face thorny issues on South Korea visit

    Trump could face thorny issues on South Korea visit

    However, a case of a ground invasion could likely prompt North Korea to deploy biological and chemical weapons. In the United States military the Joint Chiefs of Staff directly advise the President on military matters.
    The Koenigsegg Agera RS hit 284 miles per hour

    The Koenigsegg Agera RS hit 284 miles per hour

    In a more macabre test of speed, Shane Hammond took the Guinness World Record for the fastest hearse in Australia in 2010. The above video shows just that and features Koenigsegg factory driver Niklas Lilja hitting almost 300 miles per hour .
    NFL Owner on Protests: 'Can't Have the Inmates Running the Prison'

    NFL Owner on Protests: 'Can't Have the Inmates Running the Prison'

    Most of the players later returned to practice, while coaching staff talked remaining players out of protesting. On Saturday morning, he met with Texans players and expressed regret for the initial comment.
  • I don't know what Priti Patel was thinking, admits Iain Duncan Smith

    I don't know what Priti Patel was thinking, admits Iain Duncan Smith

    Priti Patel met with Netanyahu, Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid and other officials while on a family vacation in Israel in August. The Telegraph also reported that Patel had suggested to Netanyahu that the United Kingdom should give aid to the Israeli army.
    Robert Mueller Warned,

    Robert Mueller Warned, "Stay out of President Trump's Real Estate Business, or…"

    Jeff Sessions "is going to have a lot of difficulty" in the weeks ahead due to his false statements to Congress . Lawyers for Mr Flynn and his son, who worked with his father, declined to comment to NBC News.

    Paris Games Week: Trailer for Monster Hunter

    Aloy will be exclusive to the PlayStation 4 version of the game, but the beta will be accessible to players across platforms. It will also include Palico armor that makes the player's Palico look like one of the machines from Horizon: Zero Dawn .
  • Treat New York terrorist as enemy combatant, say some USA  lawmakers

    Treat New York terrorist as enemy combatant, say some USA lawmakers

    We need quick justice and we need strong justice. "Because what we have right now is a joke and it's a laughingstock". Detainees have been held for years without being charged with any crimes, with former President George W.
    Turnbull confident in face of High Court loss

    Turnbull confident in face of High Court loss

    Australia's Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce has been disqualified from parliament because of his dual New Zealand citizenship. Australian Country Party Secretary Darren Cooper said "It's great to see decent people of a high calibre join the Country Party".
    Research Shows Cannabis Users Have More Sex

    Research Shows Cannabis Users Have More Sex

    People who say they smoke weed every day also say they have more sex, according to a new study from Stanford University . The findings of the study were published by Journal of Sexual Medicine this week.