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Apple will create a augmented reality headset

Apple will create a augmented reality headset

Another major news coming out Apple is that the company is working on an augmented reality headset for the year 2019, according to yet another report by Bloomberg.

The Apple AR headset is said to have its own display and run a new chip with a new operating system, according to Bloomberg's Mark Gurman. However, Apple declined to issue a comment on its plans. This is part of a larger AR initiative which was kicked off by the development and the release of Apple's ARKit. The tech giant has certainly been ramping up its work in the AR space over the a year ago. And now it looks like the company might be looking to officially release its headset in 2020.

In his interview with Nikkei, Catcher CEO Allen Horng said that his company is now working on an AR device, but stopped short of specifically naming Apple. Tim Cook has also publicly lauded AR in interviews while dismissing VR.

"We're already seeing things that will transform the way you work, play, connect and learn", he said in a recent company call. Cook believes that augmented reality will be able to change the current use of technology.

VR and AR headsets are beginning to proliferate in the market, but they mostly require another device. The headset will have its own display and use a custom system-on-a-chip, just like the Apple Watch now does.

It also has its team - the same one that made ARKit a reality - developing a special operating system for AR, for the moment dubbed "rOS" for "reality operating system". Possible applications include messaging, virtual meetings and 360-degree video.

As for input, the company is allegedly experimenting with touch panels, voice activation serviced by Siri and head gestures. Are any of you particularly excited about augmented reality?

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. It will then be left with around a year to fine-tune, test and tweak the headset before a public unveiling in 2020.

To be competitive in the space, Apple will likely focus on marketing, Nguyen said, and positioning their product in a way that users both understand it and want to use it. The tools will also make it easier to create AR games for multiple players. AR on smartphones is seen as a first step toward consumer adoption of the technology.

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