Apple 'Prepares' AR Headset For 2020 Launch

Apple 'Prepares' AR Headset For 2020 Launch

Apple 'Prepares' AR Headset For 2020 Launch

Apple has seemed largely uninterested in the virtual reality fad, and that may be because it has plans for a different kind of experience.

A new report from Bloomberg claims that Apple is aiming to have its AR headset ready in 2019 and possibly start shipping it in 2020.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook has not been shy about his admiration for augmented reality, and how the company thinks its a potentially huge deal for everyone from regular Joes and Janes to big business.

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

The Apple AR headset is said to have its own display and run a new chip with a new operating system, according to Bloomberg's Mark Gurman.

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Apple's headset, instead of relying on smartphone, will come with its own display, processor and operating system, insiders suggest. With augmented reality, you aren't shut off from the world around you, but virtual elements can be overlaid on the real world. Apple engineers are using HTC Vive headsets to test their ideas for a wide range of applications, from mapping and texting to more futuristic things like virtual meeting rooms and 360-degree video feeds.

As with previous products, Apple isn't waiting around for someone else to create a chip capable of powering its AR headset.

Cook said in an interview last month that quality AR headsets or glasses are not there yet technologically. "Put simply, we believe AR is going to change the way we use technology forever". It is led by Mike Rockwell, who previously was the engineering boss at Dolby Labs. The headset will have its own display and use a custom system-on-a-chip, just like the Apple Watch now does. But while we wait for a hardware announcement, Apple will reportedly release a new version of ARKit next year that will have more advanced tracking abilities. 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. But as it will run an AR headset, it will have to function differently from the mobile OS. The range of AR apps that are now being prototyped is said to include mapping and texting applications, as well as more advanced tools, such as virtual meeting rooms and 360-degree video playback.

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