A piece of news is emerging about Apple, which is working on much Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) devices supported by the new 3D sensor system. This news has been disclosed by the people who are familiar with the plans.
A new iPad Pro is going to be unwrapped by the first half of the year 2020. It will feature a new module having two camera sensors that are larger than the current model and will also contain a small hole for the 3D system. It will help the people to create three-dimensional reconstructions of people, objects, and rooms.
The people discussed the unannounced products saying that the technology giant is also planning to add the sensor to the new high-end iPhones by the end of 2020. It will also get 5G networking capabilities. This statement was given on the condition of not revealing their identity.
The Cupertino, California-based technology giant is planning to unwrap a combined AR and VR Gaming headset by 2021 or 2022. The company is also planning to release a lightweight pair of AR glasses by the year 2023.
A person familiar with the plans said: “Apple had originally intended to have the technology for its initial headset ready in 2019 for a release in 2020, but it recently decided to push that back”.
According to the reports, Apple told the employees about its plan of launching its first headset by the year 2022 and the AR glasses followed by them a year later.
The people said that CEO Tim Cook has been talking about AR for some time now, and this technology is at the core of Apple’s next big hardware push beyond the iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch. At the heart of this is the new 3D sensor system. People said it has been developed within Apple for many years and is an advanced version of the Face ID sensor on the front of Apple’s latest mobile devices.
Augmented Reality blends the real world with the virtual world, allowing the user to interact with other people, and seeing digital information such as text messages and directions in a map application. Virtual reality is all-encompassing, gluing people to headsets, such as HTC Vive or Oculus Rift for high-resolution gaming and video lenses.
The iPhone and iPad technical teams have begun to integrate important applications and software features with a new operating system, internally called “ROS”, that allows current devices to work with future headset and glasses.
According to the reports: “Apple has about 1,000 engineers working on the AR and VR initiative, which is led by Vice President Mike Rockwell. The multi-disciplinary team is part of Apple’s hardware engineering division but has its leadership with executives who have worked on Apple’s gaming software system, earlier iPhone hardware, software engineering, and manufacturing. The team also has ex-NASA engineers, former game developers, and graphics experts. It is based in a nondescript area of Sunnyvale, California, not far from Apple’s main campus in Cupertino”.
When launched, the devices are likely to become part of Apple’s growing segment of wearable devices, which currently includes Watch, AirPods, and Beats headphones. It is one of Apple’s fastest-growing companies and has helped balance the slowdown in iPhone sales and revenue.