Report: Apple Acquires Motion Capture Firm IKinema

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According to a MacRumor report and regulatory filings with the UK government, Apple may have quietly acquired UK-based motion capture firm IKinema. SEE ALSO Apple AR Headset FOV, Codename, and Stereoscopic Rendering Mode Reportedly Found in iOS 13.1.

Rumor: Apple Reportedly Suspends Work on Consumer AR Headset

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The Cupertino-based tech giant may be pumping the brakes on its long-rumored Apple AR headset , something that was reportedly slated to see a release as early as 2020. Apple continuously advertises a number of job positions dealing with AR software and hardware.

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Report: Apple AR Headset Launching Early 2020

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Will Apple be the first to kick-start the AR headset market? Feature Image Credit: Apple AR headset mock-up. In 2018, it was reported that Apple was in development of a combination VR/AR headset that would launch sometime in 2020.

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iOS 13 Code Suggests Apple is Testing Its AR Headset Internally

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Apple may not have shown off any AR tech at the company’s grand iPhone 11 unveiling yesterday, however thanks to some newly discovered code in a recent built of iOS 13, it appears Apple is testing its own AR headset internally. Image courtesy Apple.

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Flurry of New Apple ‘AR/VR’ Job Listings Point to New Products on the Horizon

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A flurry of new job listings for Apple’s secretive ‘Technology Development Group’ suggests that the company has reached a new phase of turning its years of AR/VR R&D into actual upcoming products.

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Apple AR Headset FOV, Codename, and Stereoscopic Rendering Mode Reportedly Found in iOS 13.1

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Steadily becoming the biggest open-secret in the industry… more evidence has come to light that Apple in ongoing development of an AR headset. SEE ALSO Apple Offers Impressive Web-based AR Previews of New Mac Pro.

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Apple Stores Will Soon Host AR Art Tours And Developer Sessions

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Yesterday, Apple announced Today at Apple , a new AR-based program designed to expose Apple Store visitors to next-level augmented artwork developed using the companies Swift Playground platform. Pipilotti Rist’s “International Liquid Finger Prayer” / Image Credit: Apple.

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Report: Apple AR Headset Could Rely on iPhone for Rendering & Connectivity

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Several reports over the past two years have suggested Apple is getting ready to manufacture an AR headset , and possibly ship it sometime in 2020—something that’s so far unsubstantiated by the company itself. SEE ALSO Report: Apple Nearly Acquired Leap Motion but the Deal Fell Through.

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Apple Acquires AR Optics Startup Akonia Holographics

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Apple has acquired Akonia Holographics , a startup focused on holographic display and storage technology. The acquisition of Akonia Holographics was confirmed to Reuters by Apple , though the tight-lipped company had nothing to share regarding the purpose of the acquisition.

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Apple Adding “plug and play support” for Vive Pro in MacOS Mojave

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At Apple’s WWDC conference this week, the company announced that the Vive Pro will be fully supported on the newest version of MacOS, ‘Mojave’, soon to launch in public beta and available widely later this year. ski speaks on stage at WWDC 2018 | Image courtesy Apple.

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Report: Apple Acquires VR & AR Eye-tracking Company SMI

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A report from MacRumors provides compelling evidence that Apple has quietly acquired SMI, also known as SensoMotoric Instruments, a company specializing in eye-tracking technology. MacRumors reports that the company was quietly acquired by Apple sometime between May 2nd and July 26th, 2017.

Analysis: Did Apple Really Cancel Its AR Headset?

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Taiwanese news outlet DigiTimes recently reported that Apple canceled its long rumored AR hardware project. And if so, what exactly did Apple cancel? What was Apple working on? In the same year, Apple acquired Akonia Holographics.

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Report: Apple In Development Of VR/AR Headset & AR Glasses, First Device Launches 2022

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A new report pushes the rumored launch date of Apple’s AR device by two years; hints at a second, sleeker device. Not only that, but the AR headset will be followed by the release of AR glasses the following year, establishing Apple’s official augmented reality ecosystem in the process.

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Rumor: Apple Reportedly Partners With Valve to Develop AR Headset

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Apple is developing an AR headset; so much is clear from its many AR-specific job listings and even its latest version of iOS, which includes a stereoscopic renderer. SEE ALSO Apple AR Headset FOV, Codename, and Stereoscopic Rendering Mode Reportedly Found in iOS 13.1.

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Apple Offers Impressive Web-based AR Previews of New Mac Pro

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Apple is taking advantage of a recent iOS feature called AR Quick Look to allow potential customers to see the company’s new Mac Pro and Pro Display XDR at scale in augmented reality right from Apple.com on an iPhone.

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iOS 13 Points Towards Existence Of Apple’s Supposedly-Canceled AR Headset

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Could Apple’s long-speculated AR glasses still be in development? Earlier this year, rumors generated by patents submitted to the United States Patent and Trademark Office suggested that a wearable augmented reality device could potentially be in development at Apple.

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Report: Apple’s Rumored Smart Tracker Will Use AR To Help You Find Lost Items

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According to reports by MacRumors , Apple is currently in development of a Bluetooth beacon device that allows iOS and watchOS users to track their personal belongings using AR navigation. Image Credit: Apple. Featured Image Credit: MacRumors, Apple.

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Apple Joins the Impending Avatar Wars With Memoji

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At Worldwide Developer Conference today, Apple announced a new avatar system, dubbed ‘Memoji’, the company’s next step into the world of iPhone X animated emojis mapped to a user’s facial movements. Image courtesy Apple. SEE ALSO Apple Unveils ARKit 2.0,

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Apple Announces ARKit 3 with Body Tracking & Human Occlusion

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At the company’s annual WWDC developer conference today, Apple revealed ARKit 3, its latest set of developer tools for creating AR applications on iOS. Apple also introduced Reality Composer and RealityKit to make it easier for developers to build augmented reality apps. Today during the opening keynote of WWDC in San Jose, Apple revealed ARKit 3. From the footage Apple showed of their body tracking tech, it looks pretty coarse at this stage.

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Report: Apple to Announce ARKit Updates at WWDC 2019 Including OS Support for AR Headsets

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Apple has been continuously iterating on ARKit , its augmented reality development tool that lets creators make smartphone-based AR experiences. Citing sources familiar with the development of Apple’s new operating systems, the report maintains that ARKit will get a new Swift-only framework for AR and a companion app that lets developers create AR experiences visually. SEE ALSO Report: Apple Nearly Acquired Leap Motion but the Deal Fell Through.

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Hololens Co-inventor & AR/VR Pioneer Avi Bar-Zeev Has Left Apple

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Avi Bar-Zeev, Hololens co-inventor and longtime AR/VR stalwart, has left Apple, Variety reports. SEE ALSO Report: Apple Developing AR/VR Headset with 8K Resolution Per-eye Slated for 2020. I left my full-time position at Apple in January,” Bar-Zeev told Variety.

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Apple Announces First VR-Ready Computers

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The company says Metal 2 will also support Unity, Unreal Engine and the Steam VR SDK, making Apple’s new operating system a true VR-native. The post Apple Announces First VR-Ready Computers appeared first on Road to VR.

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Report: Apple Developing AR/VR Headset with 8K Resolution Per-eye Slated for 2020

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According to a report by CNET , citing an anonymous “person familiar with Apple’s plans,” the company is working on an AR/VR headset targeting 8K resolution per-eye, scheduled for launch in 2020. Apple Apple AR Apple VR News apple apple ar apple vr

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Apple Patent Filing Reveals Wide Field Of View Foveated AR Display Concept

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A patent application filed by Apple offers a look at the company’s ideas for wide field of view foveated augmented reality display technology. Reports that Apple is working on AR glasses first emerged in late 2017. Apple notes this as a key design consideration in the patent.

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iOS 13 Code Confirms Apple AR Glasses & Spatial Interface Launcher

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for how employees can run Stereo AR apps on an iPhone when you don't have access to Apple's headset pic.twitter.com/SeZEHW8p0S. Reports that Apple is working on AR glasses first emerged in late 2017. In 2018, Apple acquired Akonia Holographics , a startup working on novel optics for AR based on holography. The post iOS 13 Code Confirms Apple AR Glasses & Spatial Interface Launcher appeared first on UploadVR.

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Watch Apple’s Live iPhone 8 Event @10am PT, Suspected Augmented Reality Announcements

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Today at 10am PDT, Apple is releasing news about upcoming products like the new iPhone 8 and Watch, taking place at the company’s newly debuted Steve Jobs Theater. Apple Apple AR Apple VR Live Stream News apple ar apple iphone event apple live stream apple livestream apple vr

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Apple Reveals Short List of AR Apps Coming to App Store This Month

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With ARKit in the wild for a few months now, Apple’s special iPhone 8 event was the place to announce the coming wave of augmented reality apps. image courtesy Apple. Using two Apple 8s, the developers played a quick game to show off the little tabletop game.

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Apple Files Patent For AR Tech That Conceals Virtual Objects Behind Real Ones

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Apple Positions New iMac Pro for VR Development, Available Starting Thursday

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Back at WWDC 2017 Apple finally embraced VR, announcing that it had been working with Valve to bring SteamVR and the HTC Vive to MacOS , along with a number of other announcements about how the company would support VR as part of its ecosystem.

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Apple Embraces VR: Every Virtual Reality Announcement From Today’s WWDC Keynote

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At Apple’s World Wide Developer Conference today, the company made a major shift in their embrace of virtual reality with several new VR announcements during the event’s opening keynote. Today marks a major shift in Apple’s public support for virtual reality.

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Apple is Bringing AR to “Hundreds of Millions” of iPhones and iPads Starting September 19th

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Apple’s iOS 11 is coming to compatible devices starting September 19th, which means that if you own a recent Apple iPhone or iPad, you may have an augmented reality-capable device in your hands before the new iPhone line even launches. ” image courtesy Apple.

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Report: Apple Could Release an AR Headset as Early as 2020

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With the release of iOS 11, hundreds of millions of Apple devices gained the ability to perform basic augmented reality functions, albeit viewed through the screens of iPhones and iPads. Apple doesn’t plan to sell the headset though, and will likely only use it for testing purposes.

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Apple Details Latest VR Optimizations Coming to macOS Mojave (10.14)

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Earlier this month at Apple’s annual WWDC conference, the company introduced their latest operating system, macOS Mojave (10.14). SEE ALSO Oculus Mum on Rift Support for MacOS as Apple and Valve Forge Ahead. ski visualizes below: Image courtesy Apple. Image courtesy Apple.

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Apple Shows VR Could Help Fight Motion Sickness & Boredom in Self-driving Cars

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You’ll probably want to catch up on work, or play a game to fight the inevitable boredom—two things Apple thinks will be done in VR in the near future. The post Apple Shows VR Could Help Fight Motion Sickness & Boredom in Self-driving Cars appeared first on Road to VR.

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Apple Reportedly in Development on Combination AR/VR Headset

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Apple could soon be dominating the immersive market as rumors swirl around their unannounced AR/VR headset. A recent Cnet report has the the immersive industry in a tizzy as rumors regarding Apple’s still yet-to-be-announced combination AR & VR headset have begun circulating once more.

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Report: Apple to Unveil ARKit 2.0, Putting Privacy & Multiuser AR at Its Core

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According to a recent Reuters report, Apple is set to unveil some new features in its supposed release of ARKit 2.0, Apple is said to unveil ARKit 2.0 The post Report: Apple to Unveil ARKit 2.0, Apple Apple AR News apple apple arkit arcore arkit google arcore

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Apple’s Latest VR Patent Describes a Compact VR Headset with Eye Tracking

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In a patent filed in 2017 and issued today by the United States Patent Office, Apple describes a VR headset designed to be compact and comfortable. A diagram of Apple’s catadioptric optical system | Image courtesy USPTO.

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