Apple’s long-rumored virtual or augmented reality headgear may not be released until 2023. But developers have discovered new references to a new “realityOS” that might power it. RealityOS, first referred to as “rOS” by Bloomberg News in 2017, was also discovered in several pre-release iOS 13 versions.
Apple’s long-rumored virtual or augmented reality headgear may not be released until 2023, but developers have discovered new references to a new “realityOS” that might power it. RealityOS, first referred to as “rOS” by Bloomberg News in 2017, was also discovered in several pre-release iOS 13 versions. According to 9to5Mac, developers have discovered references to realityOS in GitHub repositories and App Store submission logs.
“What is Apple’s realityOS doing in the App Store upload logs?” wonders Rens Verhoeven, an iOS developer. According to Steve Troughton-Smith, another developer, a GitHub repo citing reality reveals it “has its OS & binaries… and contains a realityOS emulator.” He also speculates that this may be “a vestige of someone’s bogus account’s pull request.”
REALITYOS APPEARS TO BE BASED ON IOS.
According to the original Bloomberg story from 2017, the operating system is based on iOS. Apple prefers to refer to its operating systems by the acronym OS, which includes iOS, watchOS, tvOS, iPadOS, and macOS. In 2017, one of the directors in charge of the realityOS software development was believed to be Apple veteran Geoff Stahl.
The new mentions of rOS come months after analyst Ming-chi Kuo projected that Apple will release its first augmented reality headset later this year with “the same degree of computing capacity” as an M1 Mac. According to Kuo, the headgear would be a stand-alone platform. It might explain why it will require its operating system. rOS may be a five-year-old Apple alias. But the OS’s codename is actually “Oak,” according to Bloomberg reporter Mark Gurman. Thus realityOS might be the final name. In any case, the continuous allusions signal that it’s a significant project for the headgear.
Apple’s headgear, according to Bloomberg, may not be delivered until 2023. Even though the company had planned to show it off at this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC). Apple is reportedly having troubles with overheating, cameras, and software, which might cause the headset’s release to be delayed. However, it’s plausible that Apple wants to get the software development kits for realityOS into the hands of developers before the launch.