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Apple Reportedly Developing Standalone AR Headset For 2019 Release

Apple Reportedly Developing Standalone AR Headset For 2019 Releaseā€

Apple's interest in augmented reality has always been known. Microsoft's Hololens requires a PC with pretty hefty specs, and the last Magic Leap prototype we've seen looks pretty bulky.

The firm is said to be rushing to get the technology ready for a launch in 2019, and the headset could make its way into the hands of consumers by the start of 2020.

The development timeline is reportedly very aggressive and could still change, according to the report.

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The benefits of that strategy may also manifest in the AR headset, with the new chip being similar to the "system-on-a-package" chip that now powers Apple Watch.

Apple is developing a new chip and an entirely new operating system to power the device, according to the report, and the AR glasses will have a dedicated display. The AR headset will be all inclusive, with its own screen, and an Apple-designed chip. To that end, Apple is reportedly still deciding how users will navigate the headset's UI and launch apps, "but is investigating touch panels, voice-activation via Siri and head gestures". Apparently Apple is looking at creating a standalone augmented reality headset within the next two years. It's possible that users will be able to download and install apps from an AR app store, much like they do across other Apple devices. "The field of view, the quality of the display itself, it's not there yet".

Apple has already formed the engineering group tasked with making the AR headset a reality. "Now anything you would see on the market any time soon would not be something any of us would be satisfied with", Cook said, adding, "Nor do I think the vast majority of people would be satisfied". "There's virtual reality and there's augmented reality-both of these are incredibly interesting". The company does not have a working headset of its own yet, so in the meantime, it has been using the Rift and HTC Vive for testing. Entertainment is expected to retain the leading share, driven by the continuing demand from videogame enthusiasts and location-based MR experiences, as well as MR smartphone applications, with Transparency Market Research citing the technology used in hit title Pokemon Go as an examaple of MR technology, which uses real-world location data alongside AR elements to blend the real and virtual environments.

"We're already seeing things that will transform the way you work, play, connect and learn", Cook said in the most recent Apple earnings call, according to Bloomberg. Further, Bloomberg notes that the company is exploring several uses of the headset like mapping, virtual meeting rooms and messaging.



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