realityOS — everything we know about Apple’s VR/AR headset software
While there’s plenty of anticipation for the rumored Apple VR/AR headset, there’s just as much reason to wonder about realityOS — or whatever the software powering Apple’s expected headset experience will be called.
As much as iOS is integral to the iPhone, realityOS (or perhaps, rOS) will be a major part of using Apple’s first mixed reality headset. In fact, it could be what truly separates Apple’s AR/VR headset from all the other best VR headsets on the market.
References to a reality operating system have been uncovered in versions of Apple’s other software products, while a recent trademark application appears to confirm realityOS as the software’s working name or branding.
However, there could be some confusion in the nomenclature, as Apple xrOS could also be the name for an operating system for the AR/VR headset. It could be that xrOS is designed for interacting with macOS, while realityOS handles standalone mixed reality duties.
Most reports point to the headset launch happening in 2023, but that doesn’t mean we won’t see its software earlier or that we won’t hear separate rumors related to realityOS. That’s why we’ve gathered all the intel we know below.
realityOS possible release date
There are two scenarios we believe are possible for the realityOS release date or launch date. The first is that realityOS will debut simultaneously with the Apple mixed reality headset. Rumors of the headset being revealed during WWDC 2022 on June 6 have been shot down by multiple Apple analysts, though we have a guide on how to watch WWDC 2022 if you’re still interested in the other software news coming out of that event.
The second option could be that Apple unveils realityOS alongside other software updates, teasing the imminent debut of the headset. This would perhaps tell too much of what the headset can do, but some kind of hint or announcement related to AR or VR isn’t out of the question, especially when it comes to integrations with iOS, watchOS or other Apple software products. What’s more, developers will need access to rOS ahead of time if Apple wants to have third-party apps available for its AR/VR gear at launch.
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