Apple's development timeline is fast-paced and could change, according to the sources. Apple has reportedly declined to comment. Apple plans to give its device all the hardware it needs to operate without a phone. The tech giant has certainly been ramping up its work in the AR space over the previous year.
A look at Apple's AR capabilities on iOS 11. As expected, Apple will be using its own SoC design to power the headset, rather than relying on a third-party to make a chip that meets its requirements/expectations. Apple has been invested in AR for the past couple of years, starting with the formation of a team dedicated to AR projects. Apple will use the interim time to get consumers familiar with augmented reality using ARKit on the iPhone. Apple CEO Tim Cook has been outspoken about his excitement for the technology.
"We're already seeing things that will transform the way you work, play, connect and learn". The virtual reality headsets that are presently on the market use the smartphone as the engine and screen. This in-house chip is similar to the concept of "system-on-a-package" that can be seen in the Apple Watch. The new OS, meanwhile, is dubbed "rOS" for "reality operating system" and is based on iOS.
It is not yet known how users will control or interact with the AR projections, but Apple is reportedly experimenting with head gestures, Gear VR-style touch panel input, and Siri voice commands, among others. In addition, Apple is also prototyping applications, which include AR versions of existing Apple apps like Maps and Messages and new apps like a virtual meeting room and 360-degree video playback. "As such, this is why so many players like Apple, Google, and Facebook, are looking very closely at augmented reality".
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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. Aetna workers are co-located at Apple's offices in Cupertino, he said, as the company looks to have a variety of apps ready in time for the January 1 start of the Apple Watch pilot program. Multiple challenges remain unsolved, including designing a wireless device that can display AR visuals for long enough without depleting the battery.
This is likely why the company introduced the ARKit when it did.
Microsoft's HoloLens is the most high-profile AR headset, though it is yet to go on sale to consumers.