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Apple is reportedly developing a new mixed reality headset, which is expected to be announced sometime this year. The company has been tight-lipped about the project, but new evidence about its existence has emerged from none other than Apple itself. Open-source code provided by the tech giant now references the “realityOS” platform, suggesting that it will run on the upcoming device.
The latest open-source code from Apple mentions “realityOS” and “Reality Simulator” along with currently existing platforms such as iOS, macOS, and watchOS.
RealityOS is the potential name for the operating system that will run on Apple’s mixed reality headset, and it was previously mentioned in App Store logs, another Apple tool for developers. The company has also trademarked realityOS with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) in 2021.
Bloomberg reported that Apple has settled on “xrOS” as the platform name for its new headset. The name would be a reference to “extended reality,” which makes sense when considering the whole idea of integration between augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR). Apple has also registered trademarks such as “Reality One”, “Reality Pro”, and “Reality Processor”.
The first iteration of the headset is expected to be unveiled at WWDC in June, with the device going on sale later in the year. It will feature two high-resolution micro-OLED displays (one for each eye), along with dozens of integrated cameras and sensors for hand and eye tracking, all powered by the M2 chip.
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Due to its premium hardware, the headset is expected to cost around $3,000. However, Apple is reportedly already working on a cheaper version for the future, with a target price of around $1,500. This aligns with Apple’s strategy of making high-end technology accessible to a wider audience.
Apple’s new mixed reality headset is an exciting development for the tech industry, with potential applications in gaming, entertainment, education, and even healthcare. With the latest evidence suggesting that the headset will run on realityOS, we can’t wait to see what Apple has in store for us. Stay tuned for updates.