Apple has settled on a name for its upcoming mixed-reality headset platform. The new operating system and hardware performs both augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) functions. According to reports, the headset will ship next year with xrOS installed. The xrOS name stands for "extended reality", which was previously described as realityOS or just rOS.
Apple continues to improve its camera sensors and augmented reality (AR) development kits, reportedly with an eye on future wearables using the technology. Apple is said to be releasing enhanced 3D camera sensors on the 2020 iPad Pro refresh. The same sensor could appear on 2020 iPhones later in the year, making it possible to scan and create three dimensional models from anywhere. This would set the stage for a combination AR and virtual reality (VR) headset for launch by 2022 or earlier.
rOS is otherwise known as the Reality Operating System from Apple.
Apple delivered ARKit to developers with iOS 11, enabling enhanced AR capabilities for apps. The company has invested heavily in AR and recently acquired Totem headset developer Vrvana.
The Apple T288, otherwise known as Apple's AR device is currently in development. Reports indicate the project may release its first product in 2020.
The form factor of the AR viewer is unknown. Apple recently acquired Vrvana, maker of the prototype Totem device pictured above. The headset switches between AR and VR experiences seamlessly.