Apple Reportedly Developing Standalone AR Headset For 2019 Release

Mandy Carr
November 10, 2017

An Apple employee showcases the augmented reality on iPhone 8.

So saysBloomberg, which claims that the firm is in the process of "ramping up" its plans to launch an AR device which would take on rival products from the likes of Microsoft, Facebook's Oculus and HTC. Apple hopes to be able to have the requisite technology to make its headset a reality by 2019 and then get it to customers soon after. Past year it was reported Apple was working on its own version of Google Glass - smart glasses created to display images and information in its wearer's line of vision.

It's no surprise to see Apple working on such a device; patents have suggested the company would be taking this path for a while now. The headset will have its own display and use a custom system-on-a-chip, just like the Apple Watch now does. Games are also a potential use case for AR, which Apple has demoed several times with its phones. This new AR headset unlike the other headsets will have its own display and run on a new chip and operating system. The company just may change that with its rumored augmented reality headset, which apparently now has a codename and its own operating system.

According to Bloomberg, the iPhone maker is now experimenting with ways in which the headset can be operated, like using Siri, head gestures or a touch panel.

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Bloomberg's sources don't shed any light on how the end user will control Apple's AR headset, mostly because Apple itself hasn't figured out a control method yet. At WWDC, Apple announced a $599 External Graphics Development Kit for macOS developers that includes $100 credit toward the purchase of an HTC Vive.

However, during his interview with The Independent, Cook said he wasn't concerned about "being first". As we've seen from other AR developers, minimizing technology to work in an AR headset is still a hard proposition.

"We believe AR is going to change the way we use technology forever" he said on the company's earnings conference call. According to Bloomberg, it's based on iOS and will be used to power Apple's upcoming AR headset. 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 began developing its own augmented reality platform a couple of years ago and that ended up being ARKit, which now live natively inside devices running iOS 11.

Other reports by Guamnewswatch

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