Apple is preparing to release its AR glasses in 2020, according to the latest report from Bloomberg. In the article, the tech site claims that, ‘Apple’s device will have its own display and run on a new chip and operating system, according to people familiar with the situation’ who asked to remain anonymous.
CEO Tim Cook recently said in interview that the technology does not exist today, but if you’re Apple that just means you should set to creating it. According to Bloomberg, the Cupertino company is designing its own CPU, much like it did with the recently launched iPhone X and its A11 Bionic chip. It will bear similarities to the ‘system-on-a-package’ component in the Apple Watch.
According to the report, the new operating system retains the conventions of iOS nomenclature and is called rOS (reality Operating System). Formerly software manager for Appple, Geoff Stahl, is one of the directors of the rOS department.
Research is well underway for the User Interface, with Apple investigating touch panels, voice activation via Siri and head gestures, so the final product could use a combination of these controls, dependent upon circumstances. The report tells us that in the absence of prototype hardware, engineers are using Vive headsets for testing.
With a new display format on the way, developers can expect a heavily revised version of ARKit within the year.