Apple May Launch Augmented Reality Headset With Custom 'rOS' Operating System by 2020

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    Apple is ramping up development of an augmented reality headset that will have its own display and run on a new chip and operating system, according to well-connected Bloomberg reporter Mark Gurman.

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    A fanciful mockup of digital glasses via TechAcute

    Apple aims to have technology ready for the headset by 2019, and could ship a product as early as 2020, the report claims. But the development timeline is said to be "very aggressive" and could still change.

    The headset's custom operating system, based on iOS, is reportedly dubbed "rOS" for "reality operating system."
    Apple hasn't finalized how users will control the headset and launch apps, but it is investigating touchscreens, Siri voice activation, and head gestures as it creates prototypes, according to the report.
    Apple software engineers are said to be using HTC Vive headsets, while working on a device similar to an Oculus Gear VR headset that uses an iPhone's display and other hardware, both for internal testing purposes only.

    An augmented reality headset is one of several hardware and software projects that a team of Apple software engineers are supposedly working on under the umbrella code name of "T288" in Cupertino and Sunnyvale.

    The same team was behind ARKit, which provides developers with tools to create augmented reality apps for iPhones and iPads.

    Gurman previously reported that Apple was considering a pair of smart glasses that would connect wirelessly to an iPhone, much like the Apple Watch, and display "images and other information" to the wearer.

    The Financial Times has also reported about Apple experimenting with "several different kinds" of wearable augmented reality prototypes, as it tries to figure out the "most compelling application" for a headset.

    Apple CEO Tim Cook alluded to any headset being at least a few years away during a recent interview about augmented reality.

    "Today I can tell you that the technology itself doesn't exist to do that in a quality way," Cook said. "We don't give a rats about being first, we want to be best in creating people's experiences. Something that you would see out in the market any time soon would not be something that any of us would be satisfied with."

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  2. cerote macrumors 6502a

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    Would have to wait and see how they work. But got my interest a little.
     
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    It would be funny to have to upgrade my glasses every year. My last upgrade was 4 years ago.
     
  4. Bacillus macrumors 68000

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    Angela has been prototyping that dark model for years...
    As I said: she's more than a fashion statement
     
  5. TrenttonY macrumors 6502a

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    CAN WE JUST GET IOS TO WORK BEFORE THEY CREATE A 4TH OS!
     
  6. belvdr macrumors 603

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    Just like "reality" shows on TV. LOL

    I can't see these looking any better on someone than Google's version. Now we'll have people looking straight ahead (rather than down) and walking into objects such as sign posts or buses.
     
  7. Quu macrumors 68020

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    Wearing stuff on the face hmmm - If anyone could do it, it would be Apple but I'm highly skeptical.
     
  8. jo.Lo macrumors newbie

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    iGlasses could be the first product where Apple turns me into an early adopter.
    I think the development will have issues with battery and logic board housing, when I think of glasses - the device can't be thick and bulky to match the Apple design philosophy.
     
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    How about that Mac Mini Tim? Or that new new Mac Pro? How are they going?
     
  10. TheRealTVGuy macrumors 6502a

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    I like the idea of using this when traveling abroad, but I’m most excited to see what augmented reality can do on a windshield in a vehicle.
     
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    I'd be interested to see the use cases, how you interact with the device, and what they look like. I am not exactly sure how useful they would be at this time, but it'll be interesting to see where they go.
     
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    Hopefully the glasses don't turn black when it's out of power. ;)
     
  13. sparkie7 macrumors 68010

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    Launching 2028. As this and other gadgets get all the R&D
     
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    Would be pretty huge for location data. Showing stores and info about the stores as you walk past. Food places and others too. I could see it being pretty big for augmented reality maps.
    They’ve showed this with phones before
     
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    "We don't give a rats about being first"
    --Tim Cook
     
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    Haha I hope they don’t have the massive camera bits in the middle like that! I wonder if they will do my prescription...
     
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    I’m sure this will get released right after the Apple Car and Apple Television.
     
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    Yet another device in need of charging every night. No thanks.
     
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    Hasn’t the electronic glasses fad come and gone already... again? Is this just Apple being fashionably late?

    iSore
     
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    hahaha!! This one really made me LOL...aaaah! Thank you Macrumors!

    Apple may also have a new CEO by 2020 and I myself may finally start learning Russian... Can't wait to both things!!

    Hey, Tim, do you already have a name? What about iSee ??
     
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    I have no doubt that Apple is spending R&D money on tech like this, and proof-of concept devices could very well look similar to that image while they work to perfect the technology behind it, but it will be a cold day in hell when Ive releases something out of his lab that looks like that mock up.
     
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    Just gonna leave this here.
     

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