Apple working on an AR headset with a new OS


1. Apple working on an AR headset

Apple is working on AR headset that it has its own display rather than relying on an iPhone. It would run a new spin-off from iOS in the vein of watchOS or tvOS, currently called rOS internally, for “reality operating system.”

This project has one of many AR-related initiatives that fall under the internal code name T288. However, Apple hired an accomplished VR and AR researcher named Doug Bowman from Virginia Tech, too.

The team has already developed a software development ARkit for iOS that takes care of a lot of the heavy lifting for third-party developers who want to make AR apps.


The same team also working on a new version of ARKit adding tracking features and lay better multiplayer AR experiences and games.

However, Apple reportedly develops a system-on-a-package chip specifically for this device.

A mass-usable prototype does not seem to have arrived yet. Currently, Apple using HTC Vive headsets and an in-house design that uses an iPhone screen to test some aspects of the technology. The Apple AR expected to ready in 2019.

Tim Cook said in an interview very recently that the technology required for quality AR glasses “doesn’t exist” yet. However, he believes the spread of AR will be “dramatic” and on the scale or importance of the adoptions of mobile apps and the Apple App Store.

Most new technological additions in iPhone X and iPhone 8 phones served the AR vision in one way or another.

However, the Apple augmented reality headset hopes to bring to market in 2020.