Apple’s “Reality OS”: Potential VR/AR headset?

Apple's "Reality OS": Potential VR/AR headset
Apple's "Reality OS": Potential VR/AR headset

It has been rumoured that Apple will launch their virtual or augmented reality headset that may be called reality OS. This term was mainly spotted during the GitHub open source code and the apple store upload log. There was a tweet seen by Rens Verhoeven, an IOS developer that is quoted as “What is Apple’s realityOS doing in the App Store upload logs,”

Bloomberg Mark Gurman first reported this existence as ros in 2017. This has been reported as an Oak at apple. Apple had purchased the VR company in VRvana during 2017, and it was suggested that they would be focusing on this technology. 

It seems that the virtual and augmented reality technologies have been seen, and Apple has been researching this technology for almost 20 years. 


Apple is an AR/VR set that is on the market. This features a design that is somewhat similar to Facebook Oculus Quest. Several design details have been revealed in the rumours, and the prototype of what has been expected can be seen. 

This headset seems to use lightweight fabrics that can measure or ensure a comfortable fit. This is described as a sleek fit with a curved visor attached to the mesh material and swappable headbands. There are many renders created that fit this description. A band is in the back made from the same material as the apple watch. Besides that, a soft mesh attached will help and feel comfortable against the face. The headbands are also swappable and come with size adjustment options.

One of the headbands is alleged to have spatial audio just like the air pods Pro for surround sound-like experience. Additionally, it provides a better life that will go a long way. This headset will help to respond to eye movement and hand gestures. This is one of the headsets prototypes that will feature a physical dial on the visor’s side. 

This design is known to block out any peripheral vision that will prevent the light from leaking into the wearer’s view. It is most likely possible that there will be an outward-facing visor that shows graphics to others. The current headset prototypes weigh around 200 to 300 grams if the technical problems are solved. This will make it much lighter than any existing VR device. 


It is rumoured that it will have around two or three displays. There will be around two high resolutions 4K OLED displays with up to 3000 pixels per inch. Sony is expected to supply the display modules that Apple can use. 

It is also expected that there might also be a third AMOLED display that will be of lower quality. This can be used for peripheral vision, where a much lower resolution will not affect the quality. 

Additionally, Apple will be using pancake lenses to help with thin and lightweight designs. The pancake lens is much more expensive than the Fresnel lens technology used for other VR headsets. However, this will result in a much thinner device. Due to the close fit of the headset to the face, the users will not wear glasses. Thus, there will be options for any prescription lenses inserted into the screen. 


This headset is expected to feature more than a dozen optical cameras that will help track hand movements, map the environment, and project visual experiences. There will be eight cameras that can be used for see-through augmented reality experiences for the users. Additionally, there will be another six other modules used for the innovative matrices. It is also expected that there will be one camera mainly for environmental detection. A set of eyes will read small type and see the people standing in front of and behind the virtual objects. This headset is unique, as it will map all the surfaces, edges and dimensions in the room with accuracy. 

Control methods

Apple is exploring several input methods that include their AR/VR headsets, consisting of hand gestures, eye tracking, and input of the wearable devices connected to the headsets. This advancement in the eye-tracking system helps and provides a very intuitive visual experience that allows interacting without any hassle in the external environment. This is also known for controlling eye movement. 

There will also be a 3D sensing module to detect the hand gestures and the nearby objects for spatial detection, and the headset will feature any voice control and support and Siri commands. This will also be beneficial in terms of detecting skin and monitoring expressions. 

Operating system “reality OS.”

This headset is expected to run on the reality OS system, which means the reality operating system. The hints for this name are to be found in the source code of apple. Apple also wants to create an app store focused on gaming, streaming of the video contents, and video conferencing. It can be described as an all-encompassing 3D environment. 

When we facetime someone, one might see a 3D memoji character version of them instead of their natural face. This headset will also read the expressions and the features that will match that are happening in real-time. Additionally, this is expected to integrate with the existing technology of apple. Thus, there are a lot of rumours regarding this headset. It is expected to bring future technology into existence, and Apple is making sure to do that with their high-end research.

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