Apple has taken a keen interest in augmented reality in recent years, with a strong emphasis on space with frameworks such as ARKit and RealityKit, creative tools like Reality Composer and Reality Converter, and hardware like LiDAR Scanner on the new iPad Pro and probably some iPhone 12 models.
Several reports have indicated that Apple plans to release a combined AR / VR headset in 2021 or 2022, and MacRumors has discovered significant evidence of the project in the leaked version of iOS 14.
MacRumors received a photo from iOS 14 that looks like a generic look for an AR / VR headset, much like the controller of the HTC Vive Focus released in 2018. Back in 2017, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman reported that Apple engineers were using HTC Vive hardware for internal testing.
Given the basic structure of the controller, we assume that it is for internal testing only. Apple’s consumer-oriented controller is likely to be much cleaner.
Earlier this month, it was reported that iOS 14 includes a new augmented reality app called “Gobi” and we believe that Apple will use this application with QR codes to test augmented reality experiences on its AR / VR headset. There are QR codes to replace the experience of Apple Watch, Mac Pro, Apple Store, Starbucks, and movie posters.
One particularly interesting augmented reality experience that Apple is testing is a “crosswalk bowling game,” which we believe might allow Apple engineers to roll a virtual bowling ball over the intersection to knock down virtual bowling pins on the other side of the street wait for the pedestrian lantern to stop to stop.
This intersection bowling game can only be replaced at an intersection near Apple’s office known as Mathilda 3 in Sunnyvale, California, near 555 N Mathilda Ave. This office is located about five miles from the company’s Apple Park headquarters in Cupertino, nearby.
All of this suggests that Apple is still investing heavily in its AR / VR headset project, though development slowed down due to an ongoing pandemic that forced many Apple engineers to work from home for the time being.
Is this a customized HTC Vive Focus controller? Strange 🤨 I think HTC is helping Apple with Apple technology? But why? https://t.co/IvuyQwNGwD pic.twitter.com/IdeU7ezumQ
– Steve Troughton-Smith (@stroughtonsmith), March 26, 2020
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