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Apple cooking up AR headset for 2020, report saysApple is working on an augmented reality device you can wear on your head, according to a Bloomberg report.
Apple may have an augmented reality headset ready to show off in two years. The report comes from Bloomberg, which means that Apple is trying to get it ready to ship to consumers by 2020 in hopes of creating a breakthrough product to succeed the iPhone. Many virtual reality headsets today are powered by a smart phone and use the smart phone as a screen. But Apple's reported device would have its own screen. And it would run on a new chip and operating system possibly called rOS. Bloomberg says Apple is currently testing the technology using the HTC Vive VR VR system. Now VR is completely immersive covering all your vision. But AR is a bit different. It overlays virtual images on top of the real world. So you could be walking around a room and also see a computer image float in front of you. That's what Google Glass was trying to accomplish. And it's also the focus around Microsoft's Halo lens. Apple has been pushing AR lately. Apple's AR kit allows software developers to make AR apps for the iPhone and iPad. Such as ways to see body parts in front of you. Or put a T-rex on a train platform. Or even see how IKEA furniture looks on the streets of New York, if you so desire. The big challenge for Apple is how can you make an AR headset that renders 3D graphics and has a battery that can last? The news comes just as Snapchat's parent company now said that there has been a loss of interest in its headset camera glasses, the Spectacles. Snap said it had to eat $40 million worth of unsold Spectacles. Face technology is a hard business. I'm Bridget Carey, for more head to cnet.com.