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Apple's also reportedly working on a special operating system called "rOS", short for "reality operating system".
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Apple did not immediately respond to PCMag's request for comment. Making augmented reality more accessible is the first step, and that's what Apple is doing right now. Apple's use of full-faced devices such as the HTC Vive suggests that instead of trying to tackle the hard and expensive problem of lightfield technology Apple may simply be going for a simpler passthrough system where the only challenge would be to improve latency to an acceptable level. Being an independent product, it will also have its own display, unlike most of the virtual reality headsets on the market.
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.
Unlike current rival headsets from competitors, which tend to clip a smartphone into the headset, Apple's augmented-reality headset will be a standalone product that will have its own display, and will run on a new chip and operating system. This is part of a larger AR initiative which was kicked off by the development and the release of Apple's ARKit. This in-house chip is similar to the concept of "system-on-a-package" that can be seen in the Apple Watch. The OS that the Apple AR headset would use will be specially designed, and is being referred to as the "rOS" or "reality operating system". Possible ways to control the smart glasses include touch panels, voice commands and head gestures, though final decisions may not be made until one or two years down the line. During the company's most recent earnings call, he said that the company believes "AR is going to change the way we use technology forever". For launch apps, engineers are said to be already prototyping a range of applications that involves mapping, texting, holding virtual meetings and watching 360-degree videos. It is not the first time when we noticed what Apple thinks, is the ideal form-factor for an AR headset. "The technology had matured to a point where they felt they could demonstrate something interesting and useful and present it in a way that is easy for users to do", Nguyen said. Instead, he wants Apple "to be the best".