According to a report by The New York Times. Sources familiar with the matter told the Time that Jon Favreau is just one of the directors involved – he was reportedly tasked with delivering a mixed reality experience based on prehistoric planetthe dinosaur-filled Apple TV Plus series he produced.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like we’ll be able to immerse ourselves in a jurassic park-like landscape anytime soon. According to a previous report by Bloombergthe NYT says Apple’s headphones may not launch until 2023 due to battery life and performance issues. That said, its development has not been without some turbulence — the NYT reports that some employees have also left the company due to the implications the headset may have on how “people interact with each other.”
The mixed reality device may not make an appearance at Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) on Monday either, as Apple may focus on software instead. Sources told the NYT that Apple is preparing to introduce a toolkit allowing developers to add camera and voice functionality to their apps, enabling hands-free control before the arrival of the headset.
Apple has yet to confirm the existence of the headset, but the device will likely be able to offer both immersive virtual reality experiences, as well as virtual overlays designed to look like they’re part of the real world. Various leaks and rumors also gave us plenty to chew on, ranging from its untethered form factor to its “Mac-level” processing power.
But there have been indications that Apple may be readying the device for an official announcement, although that may not happen at WWDC. There’s the RealityOS name spotted in a trademark filing for “portable hardware”, which is presumably the operating system the headset will use. And, last month, Apple’s board could have tried the mixed reality headset for themselves.