Apple may release AR headset 2020: Can it compete?

Apple may launch an augmented reality headset running a custom OS by 2020

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

It became known that the new device will have its own display as well as a new operating system.

The iPhone was Apple's last big technology breakthrough when it launched 10 years ago. This summer, it introduced ARKit, a software development kit that lets developers create AR apps for iPhones and iPads. The company does not have a working headset of its own yet, so in the meantime, it has been using the Rift and HTC Vive for testing.

"If we can make it work it will be well worth it for us to give everybody an Apple Watch but we've got to get the technology right", Bertolini said Tuesday while speaking at the Techonomy conference in Half Moon Bay, Calif.

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Apple's device will have its own display and run on a new chip and operating system, according to people familiar with the situation. Apple officially unveiled ARKit at its developer conference earlier this year, and has since integrated into iOS 11, the most recent version of its mobile operating system.

Corroborating Bloomberg's information, a Nikkei report published yesterday suggested that Apple may have already tapped its metal casing supplier, Catcher Technology, to help it build out AR glasses or headset.

Microsoft, of course, is already well ensconced in the AR/VR world, having launched a v1 HoloLens previous year as a $3,000 Developers Edition, and has talked about a HoloLens version 2, with built-in AI processing, but that device apparently won't ship until 2019. 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. In particular, the paper discusses the application of touch panels, voice activation via Siri and control using head movements. He didn't outright deny the rumours though, instead explaining there are technological issues preventing AR going mainstream this decade.

If everything goes according to plan, Apple's first independent AR headset could produce "virtual meeting rooms and 360-degree video playback" in 2020, as well as support a range of mapping and texting apps accumulated in a dedicated version of the App Store. It is not the first time when we noticed what Apple thinks, is the ideal form-factor for an AR headset.

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