Apple is reportedly working with Hollywood directors to create video content for its upcoming augmented reality (AR)/virtual reality (VR) headset, according to a report from The New York Times† Sources familiar with the case told the Time that Jon Favreau is just one of the directors involved – he’s reportedly tasked with delivering a mixed reality experience based on Prehistoric Planetthe dinosaur-filled Apple TV Plus series he produced.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like we can immerse ourselves in a Jurassic Park-like scenery coming soon. In line with an earlier message from Bloombergthe NYT says Apple’s headset may not launch until 2023 due to issues with battery life and performance. That said, its development hasn’t gone without a bit of turbulence – the NYT reports that some employees have also left the company because of the implications the headset may have on how “people interact.”
The mixed reality device may also not make an appearance at Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) on Monday, as Apple may shift its focus to software instead. Sources told the NYT Apple is gearing up to introduce a toolkit for developers to add camera and voice functionality to their apps, enabling hands-free operation before the headset arrives.
Apple hasn’t confirmed the headset’s existence yet, but the device is likely to offer both immersive virtual reality experiences and virtual overlays that look like they’re part of the real world. Several leaks and rumors have also given us plenty to chew on, ranging from the untethered form factor to the “Mac-level” processing power.
But there are indications that Apple may be getting the device ready for an official announcement, although it may not be at WWDC. The RealityOS name has been spotted in a trademark application for “portable computer hardware”, presumably the operating system that the headset will use. And last month, Apple’s board of directors reportedly got to try the mixed reality headset itself.