With the metaverse being all over the news for the past couple of months, Apple is among major corporations preparing for its inevitable arrival.
Tim Cook, Apple CEO, has been hinting at the company’s involvement in augmented reality for years now. It seems that this is not just a coincidence and they actually have been working on some new technology that will help move the metaverse forward.
Apple’s CEO spoke with China Daily after the WWDC, where he dropped more hints about the company’s AR tech.
It seems that Cook has been hinting at the development of the AR headset for quite some time now, but recently his implications have become more frequent which leads people to believe in the advancement of mixed reality and AR headsets.
“I am incredibly excited about AR, as you might know, and the critical thing to any technology, including AR, is putting humanity at the center of it,” said the Apple CEO. “And that is what we focus on every day. Right now, as an example, we have over 14,000 ARKit apps in the App Store, which provide AR experiences for millions of people around the world.”
“I think despite that, we’re still in the very early innings of how this technology will evolve,” Cook added. “I couldn’t be more excited about the opportunities we’ve seen in this space and sort of stay tuned and you’ll see what we have to offer.”
While wearable devices with augmented reality and virtual realities are not new, rumors have long circulated about this type of product from Apple.
The headset is speculated to offer mixed reality technology with a curved visor soft mesh that fits the user’s face.
The rumored product is said to be lighter than other headsets in the market and uses a strap similar in design as what’s found on their watches.
There have been a number of reports that the new Apple headset will feature two 4K micro-OLED displays, 15 camera modules and processor equal to M-series chips. It is also said to include eye tracking capabilities as well hand gesture support for directing users through virtual worlds with ease.
The Apple headset is expected to be released next year with demos sent out to board members, indicating that it may soon be completed.