Apple will not release its specialized headset to work in virtual and augmented realities until next year according to unofficial data. However, the company has indicated that it is looking to hire specialists to help build it. No less attention is paid to the software ecosystem, but Apple categorically refuses to call such an environment a “metaverse”.
Mark Gurman, a Bloomberg journalist, has listed all the rumors about Apple’s augmented-reality headset. He is well-known for his profile forecasts. The M2-series processor, ten cameras and displays with the best resolution in their class could all be featured on the device. It is expected to debut next year. The headset is expected to retail for between $2,000-$3,000 and will include the Oaks operating system (codenamed RealityOS). The software platform will include versions of the popular applications Maps, FaceTime, and Messages to enhance the virtual reality environment.
The author clarifies that Apple has published several job openings in its Technology Development Group over the past months. These may have been related to the development and launch of an augmented reality device. Apple is seeking specialists who have experience creating content in the augmented or virtual reality environment. Apple could also develop technology to record video in three-dimensional environments, with the possibility of playing it on virtual realities devices. Apple is interested in creating a “mixed reality environment”, but its top marketer said recently that he wouldn’t use the term “metaverse”. But this doesn’t change Apple’s core business.
The company has recently hired Dave Scott, a retired engineer who was responsible for developing autopilot technologies for cars. Scott can now focus on researching the possibilities for Apple augmented realities devices in the medical field. Scott previously worked as the head at Hyperfine, a manufacturer mobile MRI devices.
Yaniv Gur (senior director of engineering) joined the team. He may also be involved in the development an augmented reality headset. He will most likely oversee the development and production of specialized apps for a new device type that will be highly sought after by the corporate sector.