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Apple’s VR/AR headset may get its own ‘3D mixed-reality world’

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With numerous recent job listings and appointments hinting at exciting times ahead, Apple has given us another sneak glimpse of what to expect from the Apple VR/AR headset.

Everything we know so far about the Apple headset implies that it will be called the “Reality Pro” or “Reality One” and will be released in 2023. However, specifics regarding how the headset might be used have been difficult to come by. We may now have a better idea of what to expect thanks to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman.

Gurman claims that Apple is looking to compete with Meta’s own Metaverse plans with 3D versions of its Apps by tracking the Cupertino giant’s appointments and job listings for its Technology Development Group (TDG).

Indeed, a job posting for a “Software Engineer, 3D Applications (AR/VR)” on Apple’s website(opens in new tab) requires applicants to have “a solid awareness of the state of the art in interactive 3D applications and a passion to uncover what the future holds in this arena.”

Gurman also feels that the arrival/movement of specific personnel at Apple foreshadows Metaverse rival features (though Apple dislikes the use of that term). The addition of Dave Scott to the TDG, formerly of Apple’s self-driving car business and most recently CEO of health company Hyperfine, signals that health will be an important component of the virtual world.

Yaniv Gur, a productivity expert who helped design the Notes, Books, and News applications, has moved internally to the TDG, indicating that this is also a focus of the virtual space.

According to Bloomberg, Apple’s new headgear could be called Reality Pro or Reality One and will cost between $2,000 and $3,000. The device is rumoured to include a ‘Mac-level’ M2 chip, as well as more than ten cameras and high-resolution displays. And it appears that the entire thing will be powered by Apple’s new realityOS.

It’s interesting to see Apple doubling down on its own interest in VR places, especially given Meta’s own struggles with the Metaverse not being popular among its own staff. It will be interesting to see how Apple differentiates their own product.

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