Thursday, 23 November, 2017

Apple developing AR headset, could launch it in 2020, report says

Apple to Ramp Up Work on Augmented Reality Headset Apple developing AR headset, could launch it in 2020, report says
Velma Reese | 10 November, 2017, 18:13

Bloomberg reported earlier this week that Apple is looking to build its own AR headset by 2019, in time to ship it as a commercial product by 2020.

With the iPhone X out on the market, Apple is now dipping its toes into a new field. Since Apple has not yet made a AR headset of its own, engineers are using HTC Vive for testing purposes.

Apple's aggressive timeline for the augmented reality headset might still change. Apple is reportedly working on a chip in-house, similar to what is present in the Apple Watch.

The upcoming headset could be a major success, especially since AR is still in its infancy and if Apple be the first company to offer a fully functional, easy to use, and powerful AR headset along with a strong lineup of AR apps and games, the company may hit bull's eye once again, as it did with the iPhone and iPad.

The product is part of several new gadgets being crafted under the T288 code name, Bloomberg said.

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The next step - creating a headset with a built-in display capable of streaming 3D video without draining the battery - is much more complicated. "I can see it in every business that I know anything about", Cook said in October.

Apple's hope is to squeeze its graphics processors, AI chip and CPU into a smaller, one-size-fits-all package, akin to what it has done for the Apple Watch, the Bloomberg article stated.

The headset is likely to come with support for the AppStore which means users will be allowed to download and install apps like on iOS.

Apple hasn't finalized how users will control the headset and launch apps, but is investigating touch panels, voice-activation via Siri and head gestures. The Cupertino-based tech firm is also said to be working on an Oculus Gear VR headset that makes use of an iPhone.

With a new display format on the way, developers can expect a heavily revised version of ARKit within the year. The two companies said at the time that the investment was meant to support Corning's research and development as well as capital equipment needs and glass processing capabilities.

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