19 January 2023
Apple's mixed reality project has been a frequent visitor of the rumor mill for a long time now. These reports have been related to both the hardware and software sides. Now, we have a fresh report coming from Mark Gurman of Bloomberg that claims Apple has renamed its mixed reality operating system to xrOS.
xrOS will be the name of the platform dedicated to augmented reality and mixed reality devices. The "XR" in the name is said to stand for Extended Reality. This makes sense considering Apple how sees the future of technology as it will become mainstream and improvements will take place in the future.
Gurman is quick to mention that even though the company is busy trademarking xrOS through a shell company called Deep Dive LLC, it is not confirmed if it will actually be the commercial name. There is a possibility that it may go back to using the previously reported name i.e. realityOS. Regardless of the final name, the dedicated operating system is said to come with a bunch of core apps. These include the likes of Pages, Keynote, Numbers, Notes, and Apple News among others.
It is speculated we may see Apple preview xrOS at next year's WWDC, its annual developer conference. It is also possible that we get a glimpse of the actual hardware. We have heard rumors of Apple working on at least three headsets with codenames N301, N421, and N602. The first offering from the company is tipped to be a powerful and expensive one. It will have features like 4K OLED displays, support for eye tracking/hand gestures, and 15 camera modules. It is expected to cost a whopping $3,000 which will make it out of reach for the majority of the users.