Apple is known for keeping its upcoming products under wraps, but leaks and rumors have been surfacing about the company’s upcoming virtual reality (VR) headset. Code snippets referencing “realityOS” have been discovered, leading many to believe that it will be the operating system used for the highly anticipated device.
RealityOS: Apple’s Operating System for Upcoming VR Headset
The discovery of realityOS references began months ago when a trademark was filed, and code snippets were found in Apple’s open-source GitHub repository. Code sleuth Nick Chan (@riscv64) discovered additional references to realityOS in Apple’s GitHub repository, confirming that it is its own operating system with a unique simulator tool. However, Apple pulled the reference the last time it was discovered, so it may not be live at the time of reading this article.
Nice find by @riscv64
Tons of realityOS references from Apple's latest OSS stuff on GitHub pic.twitter.com/E3oa7zGTMM
— Aaron (@aaronp613) March 15, 2023
However, a report from December 2022 suggested that Apple may have pivoted to calling the operating system “xrOS,” although there has been no evidence to support this name change.
The upcoming Apple VR headset is expected to be announced during the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in June 2023. The device is rumored to cost as much as $3,000 and will have a developer-focused use in its first iteration. The headset is expected to feature advanced eye-tracking technology, hand and finger tracking, and a high-resolution display for an immersive VR experience.
The potential use cases for the Apple VR headset are numerous, with many speculating that it could revolutionize industries such as gaming, education, and healthcare. The headset could provide users with a new level of immersion and interaction, allowing for more realistic and engaging experiences.
However, as with any new technology, there are concerns about its potential impact on society. Some experts have raised concerns about the potential negative effects of prolonged VR headset use on the human brain, while others worry about the impact on social interactions and privacy.
Despite these concerns, the upcoming Apple VR headset has generated a lot of excitement in the tech world. The potential for a revolutionary VR experience combined with Apple’s signature design and user experience has many eagerly anticipating its release. As more information about the device and its operating system is revealed, the anticipation will continue to build.