Apple is working on new software tools that will allow developers and customers to create augmented reality apps for its widely discussed AR/VR headset, according to a paid report published in The Information, macrumors writes.
The report likens Apple’s tool to Minecraft and Roblox, which allow anyone to easily create 3D tools and worlds. Apple will reportedly use technology it acquired from Montreal-based startup Fabric Software in 2017, and customers will be able to distribute the AR apps they create on the App Store alongside developers.
“With the software tools, Apple hopes that even people who aren’t proficient in computer code will be able to tell the headset via the Siri voice assistant to create an AR app, which can then be made available for download from Apple’s App Store. The tool could, for example, allow users to create an app with virtual animals that move around a room and over or around real objects without having to design the animal from scratch, program its animations and calculate its movement in a 3D space with obstacles.”
The report notes.
Apple already offers some AR creation tools like Reality Composer on the iPhone and iPad that can be added to the headset.
We should bear in mind, however, that the report refers to sources that last saw demonstrations of the tool in 2021. That is, the report is referring to older information, and it’s possible that Apple’s plans have changed at least a bit in the time since then.
According to inside sources, Apple executives are emphasizing health and wellness, including suggestions for AR apps that help with meditation and exercise.
Apple’s headset is expected to launch later this year and will reportedly have an iOS-like interface with an app grid, advanced eye and hand tracking, and the ability to function as an external display for Macs.