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Apple Planning Augmented Reality Headset

Apple Planning Augmented Reality Headset

The company is designing the SoC itself and the new operating system is internally dubbed rOS for "reality operating system".

Apple CEO Tim Cook has been into AR for quite a while now, with the first seed being planted in the AR garden with Cook revealing ARKit, allowing iOS devices to run augmented reality apps and experiences.

Apple hopes to develop a revolutionary augmented reality device by 2019 and bring it to market the following year, according to a new report.

However, the company has also for some time worked on specialized glass for AR glasses and headsets, telling prospective customers in a data sheet: "For "see-through" consumer electronic applications, Corning's solutions deliver outstanding field of view, image quality and definition (sharpness, contrast and low chromatic aberrations)".

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It's a well-known fact that Apple has a big interest in AR. The display technology required, as well as putting enough stuff around your face-there [are] huge challenges with that. The report tells us that in the absence of prototype hardware, engineers are using Vive headsets for testing. The two companies said at the time that the investment was meant to support Corning's research and development as well as capital equipment needs and glass processing capabilities.

Apple, however, isn't alone in its quest to drive the AR segment.

"On a geographic basis, the United States will deliver $4.3 billion in AR/VR spending in 2017, followed by Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan)(APeJ) at $2.6 billion and Western Europe at almost $2.5 billion. By 2020, discrete manufacturing will become the top spending segment in the United States while retail will become the second largest segment in APeJ", predicted IDC in the report. Led by Mike Rockwell, who previously was in charge of engineering at Dolby Labs, the group has already grown to several hundred engineers, sources say.


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