Apple has reportedly come up with a new name for RealityOS, the operating system that is set to power the Cupertino giant’s first mixed-reality headset. Mark Gurman of Bloomberg reports that the RealityOS or xrOS is now being referred to as xrOS internally, according to sources close to the project.
The ‘XR’ in xrOS stands for “eXtended Reality,” which encompasses augmented reality and virtual reality, or a mixed-reality experience. AR or VR is what Apple’s upcoming headset would make possible.
Mike Rockwell is reportedly leading the secretive Technology Development Group, while Geoff Stahl has been in charge of the operating system since 1992.
Apple’s computer-generated reality operating system is said to be able to run existing core applications such as Messaging, FaceTime, and Maps. Additionally, a third-party SDK would be released so that developers could create software applications and games.
The “xrOS” trademark is registered in the UK, the EU, and Canada among other countries.
The new shell corporation, Deep Dive, has filed trademark applications for the name “xrOS” in a number of countries including the UK, Israel, Malaysia, Mexico, Ukraine, the Philippines, and Australia. Now they’re also registering their trademark in the States.
Traditionally, Apple registers its trademarks via shell companies. Earlier this year, Apple registered for the trademark, “Reality One,” “Reality Pro,” and “Reality Processor” with different countries.
An overview of Apple’s upcoming headset
Apple has been in talks about a futuristic headset for many years now. Rumors have circulated that they’ll be giving a sneak peek of the headset sometime this year, but now new rumors have it coming early next year with an estimated price of $3,000.
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