New references to “realityOS”, the AR/VR operating system that will run Apple’s rumored mixed reality headset, have been found in App Store download logs and in Apple’s open source code this morning.

Apple is working on at least two AR projects which include an augmented reality headset due out in late 2022 or 2023, followed by a sleeker pair of augmented reality glasses at a later date.

According to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the headset will feature two M1-style Apple silicon chips providing Mac-level computing power and will deliver an innovative experience with seamless switching between AR and VR modes.

The AR/VR headset is expected to run a new operating system, previously called “rOS”, which stands for Reality Operating System. Just as tvOS runs Apple TV, macOS runs Mac, and watchOS runs Apple Watch, “rOS” should power Apple’s AR headset. First discovered by Bloomberg in 2017, the AR/VR operating system is internally codenamed “Oak”.

According to BloombergAccording to Mark Gurman, Apple wants to create an “App Store” for the headset, with a focus on gaming, video streaming and video conferencing. It was described by Bloomberg as a “complete 3D digital environment” designed for gaming, media consumption and communication.

However, Apple’s AR/VR headset could be delayed until 2023 after being plagued with issues during the development process, according to Bloomberg. Rumors initially suggested that Apple’s AR/VR headset would be released sometime in 2022, possibly at WWDC in June, but there are still development issues for Apple to overcome.

(Thanks Matthew!)

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