Apple Inc. is developing a brand new augmented-reality headset for 2019. This new AR headset unlike the other headsets will have its own display and run on a new chip and operating system.
The main difference in Augmented reality and virtual reality is their effect for the user. Instead of immersing the user into a digital world, AR augments and overlays images and data to the user in the real world.
The applications in AR are endless because the user can use it anywhere. Consumers for example can receive stats from sporting events while watching them or receiving posts via social apps while watching television.
Apple isn’t the only company working on this technology. Google is developing a more business oriented headset. Googles headset unlike Apples will focus on education and medical uses. It is unclear when this particular AR headset will be available for consumers.
Patent drawing of VR device Apple Image: US Trademark Office
Tim Cook, Apple Chief Executive Officer considers this new technology revolutionary in the smartphone era.
“We’re already seeing things that will transform the way you work, play, connect and learn,” he said in the most recent call. “Put simply, we believe AR is going to change the way we use technology forever.”
The new system called “rOS” or reality operating system is based on the current iOS operating system. Apple hasn’t finalised how users will control the headset and launch apps, but it is now testing with HTC Vive headsets because Apple does not have a fully operational headset of its own.
With the headset at least two years away, Apple wants developers to bring new AR features to the iPhone, such as multiplayer capabilities for games and more innovative apps for the consumer. 2019 is the projected year for Apple to deliver this innovative product.