Apple’s headset would be used for both virtual reality and augmented reality

According to information from analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple’s future virtual reality headset will also be used for augmented reality with smooth transitions.

The Apple logo // Source: Nathan Le Gohlisse for Frandroid

For a number of years, rumors have been circulating about Apple’s augmented reality and virtual reality projects with a system that is supposed to manage both glasses and headsets under realityOS. While some were hoping for the presentation of this new operating system last week, it finally didn’t materialize during WWDC, even as the company began archiving its first bricks.

This does not prevent new leaks from appearing. This Monday, it was the analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who is generally very well informed about Apple’s projects, who shared some tweets about Apple’s projects in the field of virtual or augmented reality.

I think a full mixed reality is not only the hardware that can support both AR and VR, but also the ability to integrate AR and VR and switch them smoothly for different scenarios. For this reason, I use AR/MR to describe Apple’s headset, which is expected to hit store shelves in 2Q23.

— 郭明錤 (Ming-Chi Kuo) (@mingchikuo) June 12, 2022

“Now everyone knows what a virtual reality experience is and what an augmented reality experience can look like. But for most people, it’s hard to imagine what kind of innovative experience the seamless transition between AR and VR can offer, and that should be one of the key selling points of Apple’s headset.”he says.

According to information from Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple’s first headset will be both a virtual reality and an augmented reality headset. He would thus be able to move from one reality to another depending on the scenario. “That’s why I use the terms augmented reality and mixed reality to describe Apple’s headset, which is expected to launch in Q2 2023.”he says.

3D elements overlaid on a real environment

As a reminder, virtual reality consists of presenting a fully 3D generated environment inside a helmet. Augmented Reality, on the other hand, relies on the user’s environment to display some superimposed cues. For mixed reality, we can expect, as Microsoft is offering with its Hololens helmet, to display 3D elements over a real-world environment and based on the shapes that exist around us.

We know Apple is working hard to develop an augmented reality ecosystem. In addition to its mixed reality headset, the company would develop more discreet glasses. While Apple didn’t showcase its realityOS system during WWDC, the company did showcase ARKit 6, RoomPlan, Live Text, and Metal 3, so many bricks that could be used to build its mixed reality operating system.

Despite its absence, RealityOS was omnipresent at WWDC 2022

Due to some rumors, realityOS was not made official by Apple during WWDC 2022. However, the company’s plans are very clear thanks to the many announcements from the conference.
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