Apple leaves us with a lot of questions regarding the operating system of its mixed reality headset which would be called Reality One or Reality Pro. If you’ve been paying attention last week, you may have seen our article stating that Apple had changed the name of the operating system of his AR/VR headset Reality Operating System (rOS) to Extended Reality Operating System or “xrOS”. The alleged name change comes from an internal Apple source.
Now 9to5Mac has a different point of view on the situation. According to their sources, Apple has two different AR/VR platforms, one based on iOS (rOS) and the other on macOS. The reason the mixed reality headset could use iOS is that, like early versions of the Apple Watch, the Reality One (or Reality Pro) could offload complex processing tasks to a nearby iPhone it’s paired to. Eventually, like the Apple Watch, the headset would use the smartphone and become a standalone device.
The headset is expected to feature up to 15 cameras, use head-tracking sensors, and be equipped a pair of 8K OLED displays and a powerful M2 chip. It can be expected to feature a spatial audio system (for a sound experience surround) and since all of these things aren’t cheap, the price of the device could be somewhere between $2,000 and $3,000.
It could very well be the most complex product Apple has ever made. According to the most recent reports, Apple had to unveil the headset in January and bring it to market in the second quarter.
Apple reportedly planning to ship 800,000 to 1.2 million headphones next year has been sharply reduced to less than 500,000 units. According to the reliable Kuo, the fault lies with a problem with the software of the helmet.
Virtual reality and augmented reality
VR, or virtual reality, creates a completely invented environment in which the user is immersed. For example, while wearing the headset, a user can see themselves playing tennis at Wimbledon with a racket in hand. Those not wearing the headset would see the user move around the room randomly using a digital paddle to kick the air. But as long as the user wears the headset, they see themselves on center court receiving affection from a digital crowd.
AR, or augmented reality, superimposes computer-generated images (CGI) on real data. The Google Maps live view for walking is a good example. The rear camera is used to display real live images of what is in front of the user. Above this flow, arrows indicate to the user the direction to follow to reach his destination. They also indicate landmarks and iconic buildings along the route.
A few years after the launch of the headset, it is expected that Apple will launch its augmented reality-based Apple Glass, which could eventually replace the iPhone.
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Apple is reportedly using both iOS-based rOS and macOS-based xrOS for its AR/VR headset
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