Because Apple doesn't yet have an augmented reality headset to call its own, the AR team in Cupertino is using HTC Vive headsets for testing purposes.
Apple's headset, instead of relying on smartphone, will come with its own display, processor and operating system, insiders suggest.
VR and AR headsets are beginning to proliferate in the market, but they mostly require another device. Geoff Stahl, a former software manager for games and graphics at Apple, is one of the rOS software group's directors, Bloomberg says. Further, Bloomberg notes that the company is exploring several uses of the headset like mapping, virtual meeting rooms and messaging.
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Apple boss Tim Cook has previously said that he favours AR over VR, mainly because it is "less isolating".
Cook has repeatedly said that he thinks augmented reality will be a revolutionary technology. Cook believes that augmented reality will be able to change the current use of technology.
"We're already seeing things that will transform the way you work, play, connect and learn". Apple's iOS 11 includes augmented reality support and a number of developers have already started embracing the technology. He considers the ability to overlay visuals on the real world as superior to creating a closed-off digital environment.
So saysBloomberg, which claims that the firm is in the process of "ramping up" its plans to launch an AR device which would take on rival products from the likes of Microsoft, Facebook's Oculus and HTC. 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. They're reportedly working on multiple hardware and software projects under the codename "T288". The same team developed the ARKit, Apple's first major step into augmented reality. With the Google Glass, the search giant tried to get AR into the mainstream, but privacy concerns marred its ambitions. The product is now more targeted at enterprise users.