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Apple said to have renamed its mixed reality platform

By Cookie Monster - on 3 Dec 2022, 2:02am

Apple said to have renamed its mixed reality platform

Purported render of the Apple mixed reality headset.<br>Image source: Ian Zelbo

Apple's upcoming mixed reality platform has a new name according to Bloomberg.

People with knowledge of the matter told Bloomberg the name of the mixed reality platform recently changed from "realityOS" to "xrOS". "XR" refers to extended reality, a term used for both augmented reality and virtual reality.

"xrOS" is said to have new versions of core apps such as Messages and Maps, and a software development kit will be available for third-party developers to create apps and games.

Earlier this year, references to "RealityOS" were found in the upload logs of the Apple App Storee and open sourc code. This led many analysts to believe it could be the name of the mixed reality platform. Trademark filings for "RealityOS" appeared online a week before WWDC 2022. Apple also filed trademark applications for the headset in several countries, which cover the names "Reality One", "Reality Pro", and "Reality Processor".

The mixed reality headset is expected to debut as early as next year alongside xrOS and its dedicated app store. It was initially said to be unveiled next month, but supply chain sources recently claimed mass production will only start at the end of Q1 2023 with a possible launch in April.

Source: Bloomberg

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