A mixed reality headset is expected to be the focus of attendees at the upcoming Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in June. How written down According to Bloomberg columnist Mark Gurman, Apple has never found a “super app” that would spark a rush for a $3,000 headset. Instead, it will offer a variety of features so that everyone can find something interesting for themselves.
The company will offer a wide range of experiences for its debut headset, including gaming, fitness apps and virtual reality reading, hoping users will find something they like themselves.
The company did the same when it introduced the Apple Watch in 2014, positioning it as a precision watch, a fitness tracker, a way to send private messages to other wearers, and more. Presenting the novelty, Tim Cook (Tim Cook) talked about using smart watches as Apple TV remote controls, iPhone camera viewfinders and walkie-talkies. Early on, Apple had no idea what features would pique users’ interest. And only after consumer preferences became clear did the company focus on health tracking, notifications, and a host of other features.
Something similar can be expected from Apple’s mixed reality headset, which according to trademark applications will be called Reality Pro or Reality One, Gurman suggests.
Its specifications may include:
- Ability to run most existing Apple apps for iPad in Mixed Reality combining AR and VR: Books, Camera, Contacts, FaceTime, Files, Freeform, Home, Mail, Maps, Messages, Music, Notes, Photos, Reminders, Safari , Stocks, TV , Weather.
- A new wellness app with a focus on meditation.
- The ability to run hundreds of thousands of existing third-party iPad apps from the App Store with no customizations or minimal changes.
- A new portal for watching sports in virtual reality.
- Popular third-party games for other Apple devices.
- The ability to use the headset as an external monitor for a connected Mac.
- Advanced video conferencing and virtual meeting rooms with realistic avatars.
- New collaboration tools via the Freeform app.
- A new VR-focused Fitness+ feature for headset workouts (this feature will likely come in the future).
- A way to watch videos while immersed in a virtual environment like a desert.
Users can also control the headset in a variety of ways, including gesture and gaze controls, as well as using the Siri voice assistant. It can also be controlled using a connected keyboard or using the controls on another Apple device.
In addition, Gurman expects many applications to be introduced by third-party developers. Apple plans to showcase a software development kit and headset simulation for Mac at WWDC 2023, and attendees are encouraged to develop apps and services for xrOS, the new mixed reality operating system.