Apple mistakenly references new ‘realityOS’ as rumors swirl of AR/VR headset

The leak: Apple has officially referenced a new platform in App Store upload logs, as first spotted by developer Rene Verhoeven on Twitter.

  • The new platform, known in code as realityOS, could be the software used on the upcoming AR/VR headset set to debut in the coming months
  • As noted by Steve Troughton-Smith, there’s additional evidence showing that realityOS will be its own operating system and will have a simulator for developers

Our take: This is the most conclusive evidence from Apple that the big push into augmented and virtual reality is happening (relatively) soon. No major details have leaked here, but realityOS is definitely real and in testing.

Apple’s VR glasses to be unveiled ‘in next several months’ at in-person event

The rumor: Apple’s pricey, virtual reality headset is just months away from being unveiled, according to Mark Gurman (89.1% accurate).

  • The new report, posted to Bloomberg, says the headset is coming “sometime in the next several months,” likely at an in-person event so that members of the press can go hands-on with the new product in a controlled environment
  • Apple’s VR headset will be relatively lightweight and include 12+ cameras, dual-8K displays and advanced eye-tracking…but may cost about $3,000

Our take: With Apple’s entrance into VR, they’re going to want complete control over how the device is demoed…so seeding products for review (as they have done throughout the pandemic) isn’t an option for them here. Interesting report from Gurman who believes Apple will go back to in-person events as soon as it’s possible.

Apple’s VR headset: ‘pricey’ with limited AR features

The rumor: Apple is continuing work on a VR headset with some AR features, according to Mark Gurman (89.1% accurate).

  • It will mainly be a VR headset: Gurman says “it will display an all-encompassing 3-D digital environment for gaming, watching video and communicating”
  • Some AR functionality will also be present on the device…but they won’t be the focus
  • What makes it different than the competition? Super high-res displays, a built-in fan and some of Apple’s highest-end chips…some of which beat the M1 in benchmarks
  • Due to a limited market and higher price tag than competing headsets, “some Apple insiders believe the company may sell only one headset per day per retail store”
  • There won’t be any room for eyeglasses, so Apple is working to implement “custom prescription lenses” in front of the screens
  • The Apple VR headset could launch as early as 2022

Our take: Gurman compares this VR headset to the $5,999 Mac Pro: an ultra-premium device aimed at an extremely specific niche. I’m certainly interested, but it doesn’t seem like this is going to be anywhere near affordable.