Apple Could Ship an Augmented Reality Headset in 2020

Tomas Mccoy
November 10, 2017

ARKit allows developers to create augmented reality apps for iOS devices, and it's already resulted in some pretty interesting stuff.

So saysBloomberg, which claims that the firm is in the process of "ramping up" its plans to launch an AR device which would take on rival products from the likes of Microsoft, Facebook's Oculus and HTC.

The company has not figured out how users will run the program and adjust the headset. The development timeline is very aggressive and could still change, said the people, who requested anonymity to speak freely about a private matter.

The report says Apple has several hundred engineers working on the project, with several hardware and software products being developed under the T288 codename. It's designing one in-house that's similar in concept to the "system-on-a-package" component in the Apple Watch. As pointed out in the report Apple is not waiting for chip makers to make a custom AR chip.

While many VR and AR headsets on the market require a phone to act as a the brains of the operation, Apple wants to launch a standalone AR headset that isn't reliant on your phone to work.

Details such as how users will control the headset are still being investigated. At WWDC, Apple announced a $599 External Graphics Development Kit for macOS developers that includes $100 credit toward the purchase of an HTC Vive. He also said that the field of view and the quality of the display itself is simply "not there yet". Apple reportedly has no plans to release an iPhone-powered headset, however.

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".

CEO Mark Bertolini says Aetna presented Apple with a list of the top drivers of health costs and the two companies have been working together on apps that can it can use to provide incentives to make healthier choices.

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. "Something that you would see out in the market any time soon would not be something that any of us would be satisfied with".

Finally, Bloomberg reports that Apple is gearing up to release a new version of ARKit next year that will bring a new technology called persistent tracking "that remembers accurately where a digital object was placed in a virtual space".

Other reports by VideoGamingPros

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