Tuesday, 23 October, 2018

Apple Could Launch AR Headset In 2019, According To Report

Report claims Apple could ship AR headset in 2020 Apple Could Launch AR Headset In 2019, According To Report
Theresa Hayes | 10 November, 2017, 10:16

The cited source said that because Apple doesn't have a fully operational headset of its own, the company is using HTC Vive headsets for testing purposes.

According to another report, augmented reality market was valued at $2.39 billion in 2016 and is expected to reach $61.39 billion by 2023. In its newest iOS mobile operating system iteration, Apple introduced ARKit, an augmented reality platform that allows apps to overlay three-dimensional graphics on top of real-world viewing through the iPhone and iPad.

CEO Tim Cook has already spoken enthusiastically about AR in the press, the report noted.

The headset should come with a specially designed chip for powering it, display, and it should be based on a new standalone operating system designed specifically for the kit called "rOS" (reality operating system).

However, the company has also for some time worked on specialized glass for AR glasses and headsets, telling prospective customers in a data sheet: "For "see-through" consumer electronic applications, Corning's solutions deliver outstanding field of view, image quality and definition (sharpness, contrast and low chromatic aberrations)". "The display technology required, as well as putting enough stuff around your face - there's huge challenges with that". One working prototype to internally test AR apps looks like an Oculus Gear headset with iPhone's screen, cameras and chipsets, according to Bloomberg. They work in the offices of Cupertino and Sunnyvale, California, developing several hardware and software projects under the code name "T288".

For now, Apple is still finalising how users will control the device and launch apps.

"Put simply, we believe AR is going to change the way we use technology forever". Apple is reportedly working on a chip in-house, similar to what is present in the Apple Watch.