Apple isn’t just working on its own AR/VR headset but is also busy creating an entire ecosystem to go with the headset. The company though has been successful in maintaining a high level of secrecy so far as its ambitions in the AR and VR space is concerned. That said Mark Gurman of Bloomberg seems to have something to share that can provide us with a glimpse of what Apple might have been planning in this regard, something that is also often referred to as the Appleverse, a term coined in response to Metaverse that Facebook parent company Meta has been working on.
Gurman has been closely following all new job listings Apple has put up for its Technology Development Group or TDG. From the details of the qualities Apple is looking for among the new recruits, what is amply clear is that Apple has its own plans to create 3D versions of its app. No wonder, this will pitch the Cupertino giant in direct competition with the Metaverse.
Take for instance a particular job listing that Tom’s Guide mentions, one that is seeking a Software Engineer, 3D Application (AR/VR). The job listing has further elaborated that the job will require someone with a ‘keen understanding of the state of the art in interactive 3D applications and an ambition to discover what the future holds in this space.’
Meanwhile, another key development that has taken place behind the scenes at Apple is the recent shifting of Dave Scott to the Technology Development Group. Dave Scott has previously been engaged with another of Apple’s prestigious projects, the Apple autonomous car that has been in development for years now. Interestingly, Dave Scott has also been the CEO of the health company Hyperfine. All of this suggests health will likely be a key element of Appleverse.
That is not all as one of Apple’s productivity experts, Yaniv Gur has also been allotted a key post within TDG. Yaniv is credited with developing the Notes, Books, and News app and his joining TDG points to perhaps Apple now being keen to develop 3D versions of the same.
As for the headset itself, there is scarce little that we know of the hardware itself though there are reports of it likely being referred to as the ‘Reality Pro’ or ‘Reality One.’ The headset is expected to hit the streets sometime around 2023 and could cost anywhere between $2000 to $3000. Apple is reported to be working on a new platform, the realityOS designed specifically for the headset. Also, there likely is going to be a pair of high-resolution displays that the headset would be coming with, and would draw upon the feeds provided by the around 10 cameras that the headset will likely come with. The M2 chip could be providing the processing backbone.
With a keen interest in tech, I make it a point to keep myself updated on the latest developments in the world of technology and gadgets. That includes smartphones or tablet devices but stretches to even AI and self-driven automobiles as well, the latter being my latest fad. Besides writing, I like watching videos, reading, listening to music, or experimenting with different recipes. Motion picture is another aspect that interests me a lot and maybe I’ll make a film sometime in the future.