By Bobby Carlton
Even though Apple hasn't announced an actual mixed reality headset, the rumor mill is swirling that the company will be releasing a tech heavy hardware capable of both and AR experiences. On top of hardware, it seems that there are new rumors on software.
Although it has been widely reported that the upcoming Apple Reality Pro will have a dedicated app store, it is also rumored that the company wants to allow people who don't know how to code to create apps for the headset simply by saying "Hey Siri" that can then be published on the App Store.
The report claims that users will be able to create AR apps using Siri, and the assistant will build something that's based on real-world objects. This would be very useful, as it would allow them to accurately represent their surroundings and would allow people to create solutions on-the-fly.
For instance, users could create an app that lets them view and interact with virtual animals that move around a room or around various objects in 3D, or perhaps you need a quick AR solution to help you determine a better way to layout a warehouse.
Bloomberg has previously reported that Apple is working on its own content for the Apple Reality Pro. According to a report from The Information, the company is planning on releasing content that's focused on health and wellness. This could include apps that help users improve their fitness and meditation.
According to the people who have been briefed on Apple's plans for the headset, the company is also planning on releasing apps that will help users improve their health and wellness. One of the early demos for the device featured a Zen garden.
During one of the early demonstrations for executives, Apple allowed users to explore the pages of Dr. Seuss' book "Oh, the Places you'll Go" by blending its fantastical setting with the real world.
The Apple Reality Pro is expected to be unveiled this spring and will be available to consumers later this year. Apple is also reportedly planning on releasing support for creating apps through Siri at the same time.
Critics of the idea of using Siri to create virtual reality and AR apps for the upcoming Apple Reality Pro have been right. However, I believe that this is not the case. Instead, it would appear that the assistant would be used as an initial interface to help users start the process.
This is an example of how Apple is taking advantage of its existing VR and AR work in the iPhone by allowing users to create new 3D models of objects through its Object Capture API. It's easy to see how this could be a part of the company's plans for the headset.