Apple’s Augmented Reality Headset Could Make a Big Mark in 2020
Apple seems to have given virtual reality (VR) a big, hard pass. Well, that’s what a recent Bloomberg report suggests, which also claims that its iPhone-centric augmented reality (AR) headset could make its debut sometime in 2019, likely to reach everyone by 2020.
Now that time frame is quite possible, mostly because Apple wouldn’t want to take a gamble on something as delicate and technical as AR, which needs to be integrated for the product to deliver from the word go.
Apple has been openly advocating for AR for quite sometime now, and even at the launch of iPhone X, we saw how they’re slowly, but gradually, building up the ecosystem with developer tools like AR Kit, which was announced at the WWDC 2017.
The report adds that other than design touches to the AR headset, Tim Cook and Co are also figuring out how the user will operate this device. All options from gesture to Siri-based voice command are being considered, with the intention to make it compatible with the Apple app store for content. Not sure how they plan to make iOS apps compatible with the new operating system though.
The AR headset is mostly expected to be pushed for healthcare and educational purposes to start of, and later ramp up its production capacity to meet consumer demand.