Apple is set to release its Mixed Reality headset at the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in June. New details about the product are emerging as we get closer to its unveiling. This time it is all about the software features and the apps supported by it.
Apple’s AR/VR headset will have tons of apps and services
There’s no doubt that Apple will be offering strong hardware with its AR/VR headsets, but what about the software? interesting, latest reports Mark Gurman highlights how Apple plans to fine-tune its software for the capable hardware it is expected to offer.
watch sports and movies
First things first, Apple will allow headset users to entertain themselves by allowing them to watch sports. Apple TV+ currently offers Major League Soccer and Major League Baseball games. Headset users will be able to watch these matches in a virtual environment.
That said, the TV app will be supported on the headset. This also means that users will be able to watch movies and videos while sitting in a separate virtual space.
Also, on the productivity side of things, the headset is said to support apps like Pages, Keynote, iMovie, and GarageBand. Implementation remains to be seen, but we expect users to be able to jot down notes and do a lot of other productive things on the headset.
gaming on headset
Gaming is one of the many things the headset allows you to do. In fact, gaming is said to be one of the major things that can attract buyers. Although there is no confirmation of the games that may land on the headset, Apple is said to have worked with a small number of developers to pursue games.
exercise and meditation
Apple is said to be working the health and wellness side of things for the headset. We can expect some workout and meditation apps that offer graphics, sound and voice over.
Apple is also testing a camera app for the headset. The app will allow users to take pictures directly on the headset, just like smart glasses do now.
Among other apps, Apple is also working on adapting iPad apps so that they work on the Mixed Reality headset. These apps will be optimized versions. Some of the apps that come on the headset include Safari, Calendar, Contacts, Files, Home Control, Mail, Maps, Messages, Notes, Photos, Reminders, Music, News, Stocks, and Weather apps.
Apple is also said to bring Apple Books and Freeform apps to the headset. The latter could allow other headset users to collaborate and work on different whiteboards.
Apple’s xrOS which will run on AR/VR headset will be based on iOS platform. This means that the seamless experience of moving between iPhone, iPad and Mac will remain the same as it is now.
That said, Gurman also noted that the headset’s home screen will be similar to the iPad’s home screen interface. And like the iPad and iPhones, the headset will also have Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and a fingerprint scanner. However, the headset will rely on scanning the user’s eyes.
Furthermore, the headset is said to have a dial similar to the digital crown on the Apple Watch. This dial will let wearers switch between VR and AR.
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