Apple could create an AR/VR version of FaceTime that would allow users to communicate using avatars inspired by Memojis.
Rumors have been circulating about future AR/VR products from Apple for several years. Although the Cupertino company has not yet revealed its plans, acquisitions and patents suggest that it is working on future virtual reality and augmented reality helmets or glasses.
And it’s possible Apple will finally introduce its first product in this new category this year (unless that’s pushed back to 2023). In any case, pending formalization, new rumors are circulating every week on the web.
For example, a few days ago, Bloomberg journalist Mark Gurman, who is generally very knowledgeable when it comes to future Apple products, gave an opinion on how the Cupertino company could transpose the FaceTime experience on his future AR/VR headset.
In a newsletter, he explains that on a virtual reality version of FaceTime, Apple could allow us to communicate with other people in a virtual meeting room. But instead of seeing the faces of these people, we could interact with 3D versions of them.
The technology could rely on Memojis . And the headset might be able to analyze users’ facial expressions, so their avatars look realistic.
Mark Gurman also indicates that Apple could transpose the SharePlay functionality on its AR / VR platform, in order to allow several people to listen to music or watch videos together.
RealityOS, an operating system for a headset as powerful as a Mac?
It should be noted that recently, Apple would have leaked references to its future software platform for AR / VR helmets or glasses. The name of this operating system would be realityOS and it should have an App Store equivalent.
Otherwise, as far as hardware is concerned, the latest rumors indicate that Apple’s first headset should have high-resolution displays, external cameras, as well as a chip that would be as good as those used by Macs.
In any case, once this product is marketed, Apple will be in direct competition with Meta (Facebook) in the field of AR/VR. And this will make relations between the two groups even more strained.
Moreover, like Mark Zuckerberg, Tim Cook would also expect that within ten years, augmented reality glasses will replace smartphones.