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Apple is developing a mixed reality AR/VR headset that's set to launch in less than a year, if rumors are to be believed. With new hardware comes new software, and Apple is working on a headset operating system that is set to be called realityOS or rOS.

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This guide aggregates everything that we know about the realityOS operating system that will run on the upcoming AR/VR headset. We'll update this guide over time as we learn more about realityOS.

rOS

Apple has been working on the software that will run on the AR/VR headset since 2017, and according to Bloomberg's Mark Gurman, Apple will refer to it as realityOS, or rOS. The name will go along with the headset's name, which is expected to be either Reality One or Reality Pro.

realityOS is codenamed "Oak" internally, and references to it have been discovered in App Store logs and Apple source code, confirming the name.

Software Goals

Apple sees the headset as a device for gaming, watching streaming video content, and video conferencing and interfacing with other people, and that will be what Apple focuses on in terms of software. Gurman has described the headset as an "all-encompassing 3D environment" designed for gaming, media consumption, and communication.

FaceTime

FaceTime will be an important communication app for rOS, incorporating existing features like SharePlay and Memojis/Animojis. With SharePlay, headset wearers could watch TV shows and movies together, and use Memoji and Animoji as their virtual avatars. With all of the cameras that the headset is expected to have, it will likely detect facial expressions and work like Animoji and Memoji on the iPhone and iPad.

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Messages

Core apps like Messages will be available on the AR/VR headset in addition to FaceTime, though how the Messages app will work isn't known at this time. One rumor has suggested that Apple is creating a whole new version of Messages with chat rooms, support for video clips, a home view, and more.

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Maps

The Maps app will be available on the headset, but we don't have additional information on what the Maps app might be capable of. It could perhaps incorporate some of Apple's Look Around and landmark functionality, allowing users to explore cities around the world.

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Games

Games are a key feature on the iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV, and the AR/VR headset is also expected to support a range of games. Apple Arcade, for example, could expand to include AR/VR games that are available on the headset.

App Store

The Mac, iPhone, Apple TV, and Apple Watch all have their own dedicated App Stores for downloading apps, and the AR/VR headset is also expected to get its own App Store.

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Streaming Video Content

Apple's hiring suggests that Apple is developing a video service for the headset, which will include 3D content that can be played in virtual reality. Apple may also be partnering with third-party services to create content that can be watched in VR.

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rOS Launch Date

With the AR/VR headset on track to debut at some point in 2023, likely in the first half of the year, that's also when we expect to see the first version of realityOS. Apple could perhaps introduce realityOS and the headset at the Worldwide Developers Conference in June, but there's also a chance that it could come out before then.

More on Apple's AR/VR Headset

The mixed reality headset that Apple has in the works will have high-resolution displays, more than a dozen cameras, a powerful Mac-level chip, and more, with full details available in our AR/VR headset roundup.

Article Link: RealityOS: Everything We Know About the Software Designed for Apple's Mixed Reality Headset
 

jz0309

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Apple sees the headset as a device for gaming, watching streaming video content, and video conferencing and interfacing with other people
gaming - I can see that though Apple has no reputation for gaming according to MR members
watching video - porn, yup
video conferencing/interfacing - 900 number replacement - yup

Really? at the rumored $2k or even $3k they better come up with something more compelling, and yea, I know I know, the iPhone changed the world, not going to happen with this.
Still saying: a technology in search of a useful consumer application ...
 

Koni17

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Can't wait to talk with other memojis🙈 No but in all seriousness, if any company is going to completely embarass Meta's efforts in VR, it's going to be Apple. It's going to be super exciting to see what they can come up with.
 
Nothing is known.

Except that there is a high risk of injury or death if you walked across streets with AR distractions and a headset.

If you don’t get mugged first.

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I think it's meant to be used at home or during meetings. It would look so silly for people wearing VR/AR headsets and walking around freely.
 

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Nothing is known.

Except that there is a high risk of injury or death if you walked across streets with AR distractions and a headset.

If you don’t get mugged first.

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There are several funny videos of people walking and texting on youtube. Tried linking one here, but apparently it's age restricted for some reason:

 
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I'm probably not going to buy it anytime soon... but I'm definitely interested to see how it looks.
I’m definitely going to buy it but if I don’t like it and if I feel like it’s not worth what Apple is pricing at. I’m definitely returning it with that 14-day return window.

Oh yeah... if this AR/VR headset is going to mess up with my hair & makeup 💅 That's a big NO, NO! as well.
 
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I think it's meant to be used at home or during meetings. It would look so silly for people wearing VR/AR headsets and walking around freely.

We have seen AR in sci fi movies in the last 40 years. Always wanted to see in real life but in those sci fi movies it was always without a headset, which is near impossible. It requires super dense stable plasma in the air.

I personally will never wear a headset just to do whatever I can do on a monitor anyway, especially because AR can’t have the image fidelity of a monitor.

I can think of some kind of table top games where it can be useful. Like animated chess. But I’m not paying $3000 for that.
 

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The only thing I care about is that they test it thoroughly this time because oh boy macOS 13, iPadOS 16, and iOS 16 do not live up to expectations. Nevermind the new stuff like Stage Manager and new System Settings being straight bad they've broken a number of things that have been around for years like Shortcuts (again) and video playback on iPad
 

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Unless it really is for gaming (which Apple doesn't have a good track record catering towards gamers) I don't see how this is going to sell. I can see this AR/VR thing working well when it gets to the point of being able to be in the form of glasses (much like Google Glasses), but I really don't see the use of this besides very niche things like open house tours or something like that especially with the rumored price tag.
 
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We have seen AR in sci fi movies in the last 40 years. Always wanted to see in real life but in those sci fi movies it was always without a headset, which is near impossible. It requires super dense stable plasma in the air.

I personally will never wear a headset just to do whatever I can do on a monitor anyway, especially because AR can’t have the image fidelity of a monitor.

I can think of some kind of table top games where it can be useful. Like animated chess. But I’m not paying $3000 for that.
100% agree. Imagine Stage Manager on an AR/VR headset. :eek:
 
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