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Apple Working on Next-Generation Augmented Reality System

Apple Working on Next-Generation Augmented Reality System”

Bloomberg, citing sources familiar with the matter, reports that the AR system would utilize its own display and be powered by a new chip and operating system - and unlike current models, it would not need an accompanying smartphone to function. The report also claims that Apple will release a new version of ARKit in 2018 that will pave the way for developers to begin building experiences that could target this device.

Indeed, this team was behind the ARKit software suite that developers are already using to create AR apps for smartphones.

Apple is working on several challenges like battery life.

Augmented reality technology overlays images and data on the real world, meaning a view of reality is modified and complemented by computer-generated sound, video, graphics, haptics or Global Positioning System data.

It's a well-known fact that Apple has a big interest in AR. Just as tvOS powers the Apple TV, macOS runs on Macs and watchOS runs on Apple Watches, "rOS" will power Apple's AR headset.

The reports further point out that engineers are prototyping a range of applications, from mapping and texting to more advanced features including virtual meeting rooms and 360-degree video playback.

Apple is still firming up plans for this future device, per Bloomberg, but it's exploring various interaction methods including touch sensitive input, Siri voice interaction and even head gestures.

The headset is likely to come with support for the AppStore which means users will be allowed to download and install apps like on iOS. In lieu of having access to working prototypes, the team are apparently using HTC Vive headsets for testing.

In search of a new product to make a breakthrough and surpass the iPhone, the U.S. technology company Apple is pointing in an interesting direction. Google is developing a business-oriented option called Glass. The tools will also make it easier to create AR games for multiple players.



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