A couple of expert iOS developers found in the App Store references to an operating system called “realityOS”, which Apple will presumably integrate into its virtual reality and augmented reality viewer (VR and AR, respectively).
On Twitter, developers Rens Verhoeven and Steve Troughton-Smith posted two references to realityOS in the App Store source code.
Uh what is Apple’s RealityOS doing in the App Store upload logs?
AR/VR confirmed? pic.twitter.com/Wp7XWieeEU
— Rens Verhoeven (@renssies) January 17, 2022
“What is realityOS doing in the App Store upload logs. Do you confirm a virtual or augmented reality headset?” Verhoeven tweeted.
Well then. This at least confirms it 1) has its own OS & binaries, and 2) has a realityOS Simulator https://t.co/6a25kWshXR pic.twitter.com/RyF5O5gFjg
— Steve Troughton-Smith (@strongtonsmith) February 9, 2022
“If there is TARGET-FEATURE-REALITYOS, that confirms two things. One, that it has its own operating system and binaries, and two, that it has a simulator of realityOS”, added Troughton-Smith.
The finding reinforces reports that Apple is working on a VR viewer that could be on sale this year or in 2023.
A report published by The Information portal suggested that Apple’s VR glasses would have two 4K screens and technology to track eye movements.
The device would also integrate a set of cameras to visualize the user’s surroundings and track the movement of their hands. This feature would allow it to act as a VR headset as well as an AR viewer.
According to a report by renowned analyst Ming-chi Kuo, Apple’s virtual and augmented reality viewer would have processing power similar to that of a Mac with an M1 processor, so the device would not have to be connected to another, like it happens with HTC Vive or PlayStation PSVR headsets.
The cutting-edge technology, however, would come at a cost that Apple will not hesitate to pass on to users, who would have to pay up to $3,000 for the device.