Apple Working on Next-Generation Augmented Reality System

Apple Working on Next-Generation Augmented Reality System

Apple Working on Next-Generation Augmented Reality System

This is the same team that developed Apple's ARKit for iOS 11.

However, Apple CEO Tim Cook has repeatedly expressed enthusiasm for augmented reality.

Apple reportedly hopes to debut a standalone augmented reality headset in as little as three years' time. The development timeline is very aggressive and could still change, said the people, who requested anonymity to speak freely about a private matter.

Apple is not the only company working on this technology. The device would be independent from Apple's iPhone or other mobile devices, with its own built-in display, OS (dubbed "rOS" internally), and a new custom processor, per the report. 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. This is only one of the products under the umbrella code "T288" that the team of software engineers is working on at both Cupertino and Sunnyvale.

The next step - creating a headset with a built-in display capable of streaming 3D video without draining the battery - is much more complicated. Also mentioned is that Geoff Stahl, a former software manager for games and graphics at Apple is also one of the directors of rOS.

Research is well underway for the User Interface, with Apple investigating touch panels, voice activation via Siri and head gestures, so the final product could use a combination of these controls, dependent upon circumstances. The company has discussed pairing the headset with its version of the App Store, where users would be able to download content, just as they do with the iPhone, Watch, Apple TV and Mac. The report tells us that in the absence of prototype hardware, engineers are using Vive headsets for testing.

In search of a new product to make a breakthrough and surpass the iPhone, the United States technology company Apple is pointing in an interesting direction. Google is developing a business-oriented option called Glass.

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