Apple Is Moving Forward on an Augmented Reality Headset

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Apple publicly demoed a number of unusual and exciting augmented reality apps created with its new ARKit developer framework over the last few months.

It appears the rumors are true. The company has been working on the augmented reality technology behind the scenes and it aims at readying the technology ready for an AR headset by 2019 according to a report by Bloomberg.

The news shouldn't come as a surprise. He recently compared it to virtual reality in an interview with Good Morning America.

A look at Apple's AR capabilities on iOS 11.

"Put simply, we believe AR is going to change the way we use technology forever", said Cook, during Apple's latest earnings call.

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According to Bloomberg, the team building Apple's headset is also designing a processor that would power the device, as well as a new operating system it's now calling rOS, or "reality operating system".

Robots are the next step in using technology to explore sexuality. Possible ways to control the smart glasses include touch panels, voice commands and head gestures, though final decisions may not be made until one or two years down the line. The range of AR apps that are now being prototyped is said to include mapping and texting applications, as well as more advanced tools, such as virtual meeting rooms and 360-degree video playback.

Apple's AR headset faces a host of challenges, including the development of a custom chip, operating system and display, and dealing with limited battery life. In virtual reality (VR), the running has been done by HTC with its Vive headset, which was developed with Valve Software and runs via Valve's popular Steam PC game download service.

For years now there have been reports that Apple has been exploring the development of a wearable augmented reality device, ever since Apple gained an AR patent in 2013 when it acquired WiFiSlam. "But today I can tell you that the technology itself doesn't exist to do that in a quality way", Vogue quoted Cook as saying. It is not the first time when we noticed what Apple thinks, is the ideal form-factor for an AR headset.

"If we can make it work it will be well worth it for us to give everybody an Apple Watch but we've got to get the technology right", Bertolini said Tuesday while speaking at the Techonomy conference in Half Moon Bay, Calif. According to Bloomberg, it's based on iOS and will be used to power Apple's upcoming AR headset.