Apple continues work on its mixed reality headset, which could debut later this year. There have been competing rumors about what the headset will be capable of, its pricing, and the operating system under development. Now open source code from Apple directly references a new platform named "realityOS".
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.
The Oculus Quest 2 (pictured above) may have some serious competition from Apple starting next year. Apple plans to launch a combined augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) stand-alone headset. The company is likely to reveal the new hardware at WWDC over the summer, giving developers time to create apps. Apple is expected to produce a lightweight, sleek design with swappable headbands.
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.
Yes, Angry Birds is still and thing and a VR version is coming to iOS this spring, according to TechCrunch. Angry Birds: Isle of Pigs has had a long path the iPhone originally launching for the Magic Leap One, then landing on Steam for the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift.