Apple is finally getting into the world of Virtual Reality. A reliable source believes that the focus of the VR glasses is on (professional) communication with the integration of Memojis. Shared entertainment via the SharePlay option also plays a central role.
Read on after the announcement.
FaceTime with Apple reality glasses
Long-standing rumors of a ‘mixed reality’ headset from Apple are still in full swing. Now that we get more and more information about VR glasses, there is also speculation about the possible applications of the headset. Tech journalist Mark Gurman, who often posts good predictions about Apple, thinks we found a personal Memoji and SharePlay in the VR headset’s FaceTime app. With this virtual headset, Apple’s focus is on communication, entertainment and gaming.
Meet online with Memojis in the VR glasses with FaceTime
The Memoji is a 3D animation, which is based on you. You can now create it yourself for FaceTime. It is the custom variant of Animoji and works through Apple’s Face ID. The emojis already respond to your facial expression through this technique and copy it to your iPhone. With the advent of Apple’s VR headset, Memojis appear to be a good solution for wandering anonymously around the VR internet. You can hide behind a realistic Memoji or create a character that looks nothing like you.
gurman brand He cites as an example that a hybrid meeting, between office and home workers, is more agile with VR glasses and Memojis. However, the Apple Reality headset seems too expensive (around $2,500) to buy for all employees.
I am remotely and together with SharePlay on Apple VR glasses
Since iOS 15.1 we already find the so-called SharePlay in FaceTime on the iPhone. This allows us to enjoy media like movies and music from a distance, but still together. Not quite coincident; at the time of the release of this software update, we were already a year into the coronavirus crisis. It looks like this feature is coming to Apple’s Reality headset as well. One VR goggle wearer then puts on the song or video, and the other enjoys it. Playback is synchronized, so everyone sees and/or listens to the same moments at the same time.
One more cool application of this feature could be game sharing via SharePlay. For example, someone watches from their own home with your shooter game and gives you virtual support. It may even be possible to use your personal guy in the chair be.
What else do we expect from Apple Reality VR glasses?
We call the AR/VR headset Apple Reality, because recently the source code shows that the glasses run on ‘realityOS’. Virtual reality glasses probably have eye and hand tracking. So the interface can be controlled by seeing something or ‘grabbing’ something. The eye-tracking feature also measures where your eyes are pointing, to temporarily turn off or reduce the resolution of unused peripheral portions of the two 8K displays. This is better for the processor, and therefore Apple’s VR headset will probably perform even better.
Apple has been toying with Augmented Reality (AR) for some time, but has yet to officially launch and even announce its own VR headset. The interesting thing about these glasses is that it shows both Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality. In other words, you see 3D elements implemented in the real world (AR) and a complete virtual world (VR) through this Apple Reality headset.
Apple has been building the ecosystem around this technique for some time now with the release of its ARKit and LiDAR scanner integration on iPhone Pros. The additions of SharePlay and Memoji to FaceTime are another small step towards a virtual ecosystem from Apple. Especially if Memoji and SharePlay can be seen in FaceTime on the VR glasses.