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Job listings suggest new content coming to the Apple mixed reality headset

By Cookie Monster - on 15 Nov 2022, 12:00am

Job listings suggest new content coming to the Apple mixed reality headset

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

Recent job listings suggest Apple is working on several content services for its upcoming mixed reality headset. 

According to Mark Gurman of Bloomberg, Apple is looking for a software producer with experience in visual effects and game asset pipelines. This means Apple could be working on a video service that has digital content for augmented- and virtual-reality environments.

It is likely linked to Apple's acquisition of NextVR in 2020, a VR firm which claimed to be the world's largest VR broadcast platform for live sports and entertainment. The New York Times reported in June that Apple is working with Hollywood producers to create content for the mixed reality headset.

Aside from the hunt of a software producer, Apple is searching for engineeers who have experience with development tools for virtual and augmented reality. One listing mentions the software engineer needs to work on the App Intents framework to unlock deep system intelligence and enable novel user interactions from app data models.

There is also a job listing for the development of a 3D mixed-reality world, which is similar to the metaverse that Meta is working on. The jobscope requires the individual to collaborate with other developers to "build tools and frameworks to enable connected experiences in a 3D mixed-reality world."

Apple also recently shifted two senior executives to join the management team leading the development of the mixed reality headset. It is said that a former senior leader from the self-driving car team and one senior software engineering manager have been reallocated to the team.

Gurman reiterates some likely features and specs of the mixed reality, which is expected to launch sometime next year. He says the mixed reality is expected to cost between US$2,000 and US$3,000, be powered by the M2 chip and RealityOS, and have at least 10 cameras and ultra-high resolution displays. 

Mass production of the mixed reality headset is rumoured to start in March 2023 with a possible launch in April. Retail availability is said to be before WWDC 2023 in June.

Source: Bloomberg

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