The company has not figured out how users will run the program and adjust the headset.
According to a Bloomberg source with inside connections, the company is aiming to have the tech ready by 2019 and to be ready to ship the product sometime in 2020, although nothing is set in concrete at this point. A year ago it was reported Apple was working on its own version of Google Glass - smart glasses created to display images and information in its wearer's line of vision. Apple has been invested in AR for the past couple of years, starting with the formation of a team dedicated to AR projects. This new AR headset unlike the other headsets will have its own display and run on a new chip and operating system.
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The report says Apple is also putting together its own version of Gear VR for internal testing, using the phone's hardware to make a rudimentary AR headset. Aetna workers are co-located at Apple's offices in Cupertino, he said, as the company looks to have a variety of apps ready in time for the January 1 start of the Apple Watch pilot program. "I can tell you that the technology itself doesn't exist to do [AR glasses] in a quality way", Cook said to Vogue in October after dismissing "rumours and gossip" about the idea. Cook believes that augmented reality will be able to change the current use of technology. Apple engineers are using HTC Vive headsets to test their ideas for a wide range of applications, from mapping and texting to more futuristic things like virtual meeting rooms and 360-degree video feeds. According to Bloomberg, it's based on iOS and will be used to power Apple's upcoming AR headset. Apple's "rOS" will power the AR headset very much like how watchOS and tvOS powers the Apple Watch and the Apple TV. Apple is said to be discussing the possibility of launching a new type of App Store for the headset where users can download compatible AR apps.
In the meantime, Apple plans to release a new version of the ARKit software tools as early as 2018, Bloomberg reported, which could help developers create software that remembers accurately where a digital object is placed in a virtual space, and make it easier to create AR games for multiple players.
"Now anything you would see on the market any time soon would not be something any of us would be satisfied with", Cook said.
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