09 November 2017
Some of the clues, patents, and even the interests of Apple CEO have poured enough idea that what's brewing behind the curtains and what could be the possible outcome of the same. Tim Cook has been showing interest in the AR area and in a recent short interview, he was seen quite curious while talking about the AR and its apps. According to Tim Cook, "AR will change the way people shop, learn, educate; it’ll literally change everything.”
Well, Apple has already thrown something big in the growing AR world and it’s seeing the birth of new apps. We are talking about ARKit, a platform through which several developers are showcasing their skills and building AR apps. This isn’t it as the company is rumored to be working on an AR headset that may arrive in 2020. Not much is known about this AR headset as we are getting not much information on the same on a frequent basis. But, still, we are keen to grab more and more about it no matter how small chunks of info appear every time.
Now, it's possible that Catcher Technology, a Taiwanese company that manufactures metal casings for Apple products like iPhones, iPads, and MacBooks, will make parts for an augmented reality product as well. The company hasn’t revealed the name of the gainer but looking at the relationship of it with Apple it’s natural to think that Apple will be the sole buyer and this will help in making the AR glasses possible.
Catcher chairman Allen Horng reportedly told analysts and reporters at an earnings conference on Tuesday,
Based on what we have learned, [new AR products] need to look good and be light enough to wear ... that makes the casings for such device very complicated to manufacture and there are still a lot of challenges to overcome currently.
According to Jeff Pu, an analyst at Yuanta Investment Consulting, Apple is developing the AR glasses that will go on sale as soon as the end of 2019.
Also, a speculation has arrived from the other part of this tech world saying that Apple AR headset has a codename T288 and it will run on a new rOS operating system. Also, Apple is said to be pursuing a “very aggressive” timeline with the project, seeking to launch the technology by 2019 and make it available in the market by 2020.
This new reported ‘rOS’ operating system for “reality operating system” is a lightweight platform and is said to be based on iOS.
It’s also been reported by Mark Gurman that a former software manager for games and graphics at Apple, Geoff Stahl is a key part of the “rOS” development team. Apple is said to be relying on HTC Vive hardware to test. Gurman reported that Apple is considering both a touch panel for navigation, as well as using Siri voice controls and head gestures.