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Apple’s much-anticipated AR/VR headset is just around the corner, and the tech world is abuzz with excitement. As the countdown to Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) begins, a notable developer named Steve Troughton-Smith has managed to unearth a tantalizing clue about the headset. Through his ingenious exploration of Apple’s open-source code, Troughton-Smith found a way to coax App Store Connect into revealing the rumored operating system name for the upcoming device: “xrOS.”
Troughton-Smith’s investigative adventure took an intriguing turn when he attempted to submit an app designed specifically for the mysterious headset. Although App Store Connect ultimately rejected his submission, it was the subsequent error message that sent shockwaves through the developer community.
Buried within the message was a mention of “xrOS” as a binary associated with the application, despite Troughton-Smith never explicitly mentioning the name himself. This discovery serves as yet another compelling piece of evidence supporting Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman’s previous report that “xrOS” will indeed be the public-facing moniker for the headset’s operating system.
The error message, appearing in a nonchalant manner without capitalizing either “xrOS” or “iOS,” read as follows:
“Incorrect Platform. You included the xros arm64 executable in your ios bundle. Only iOS executables can be included.”
While Apple has taken measures to maintain an air of secrecy surrounding its forthcoming device, it has been speculated that the company may have utilized shell companies to file trademark applications for a range of alternative names. Among these prospective titles are “xrProOS,” “realityproOS,” and “realOS.” However, with each passing revelation, it becomes increasingly apparent that “xrOS” is poised to emerge victorious as the chosen nomenclature for the headset’s operating system.
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As the anticipation mounts ahead of WWDC, where Apple is widely expected to take the veil off its much-discussed AR/VR headset, enthusiasts and industry insiders alike eagerly await official confirmation regarding the intricate details of the device. With the possible advent of “xrOS,” Apple enthusiasts are already envisioning the unique and immersive experiences that await them in the realms of augmented and virtual reality.