Apple’s software for the device will be switched from “realityOS” to “xrOS”;
The new name stands for extended reality and better translates the software’s features;
The headset is expected to have augmented and virtual reality capabilities.
Apple has internally changed the name of the software that comes with its mixed reality headset from “realityOS” to “xrOS”, according to a report by Bloomberg. The new name better represents the features of the software: “XR”, after all, means extended reality, so the expectation is that the head will have augmented and virtual reality features.
In addition to the internal name change, the publication says that a shell corporation called Deep Dive LLC has also registered an “xrOS” trademark in the US and other countries, including those in the European Union and in Asia, UK, Australia, Mexico, Ukraine , Japan and Canada. In its filing, Deep Dive wrote that it is applying for a trademark for “head-mounted displays” and devices that provide “virtual reality and augmented reality experiences.” Apple has not confirmed whether it is behind this lawsuit.
Earlier this year, though, Vox Media product manager Parker Ortolani found a patent application for “realityOS” filed by a shell company called Realityo Systems LLC. Bloomberg also reported in August that another shell company with a different name had filed applications for “Reality One”, “Reality Pro” and “Reality Processor”.
This recent name change could indicate that Apple is working out the project details for the launch. Bloomberg says that Apple plans to release the mixed reality headset next year. According to previous reports, the device will feature virtual versions of the company’s apps, including Messages, FaceTime and Maps, and will use iris scanning for in-app purchases and logins. Apple’s recent job listings also indicate that the tech giant is working on its own 3D mixed reality world, which could become a rival to Facebook’s vision of the metaverse.