Apple wants AR headset to 'succeed' the iPhone by 2020

Apple is building augmented reality glasses that overlay the digital world on top of the real world Report

For the most part, analysts have been expecting Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) to launch a set of augmented reality (AR) glasses sometime between 2019 and 2020.

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Speculation around Apple's intentions only increased when CEO Tim Cook earlier this year, predicted that AR technology could have as much impact as the smartphone.

The Californian company is working on a headset with inbuilt screen and native operating system, and hopes to have the technology ready by 2019, Bloomberg alleges. Citing sources "familiar with the situation", the report notes that this headset will feature a brand new display and run on a new chip and fresh operating system instead of the iOS mobile platform that now runs ARKit.

It became known that the new device will have its own display as well as a new operating system. And now it looks like the company might be looking to officially release its headset in 2020. At WWDC, Apple announced a $599 External Graphics Development Kit for macOS developers that includes $100 credit toward the purchase of an HTC Vive.




Apple won't pull the trigger on an AR product until the underlying technology has matured to the point where it can deliver AR "in a quality way". As we've seen from other AR developers, minimizing technology to work in an AR headset is still a hard proposition. After creating ARKit, hundreds of engineers led by former Dolby executive Mike Rockwell have been working on the headset project in office parks scattered around Cupertino and Sunnyvale, under the codename "T288".

As for the Apple AR headset's user interface, Apple hasn't finalized anything yet. "rOS" will be based on iOS which is the operating system of Apple's other iDevices.

The in-house chip would have a similar design to what's now in the Apple Watch, which allows for more components in a smaller area. Apple is also reportedly testing different methods for controlling the headsets such as touchscreens and voice activation using Siri.

"We believe AR is going to change the way we use technology forever" he said on the company's earnings conference call.

"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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