iOS 15.4 Beta Hints at Apple’s AR/VR Headset
The latest iOS beta has added fuel to the fire in regards to Apple’s unannounced AR/VR headset. Within the iOS 15.4 beta, specifically, when looking at Safari, new experimental WebXR features are being utilized.
These mentions of WebXR within the iOS 15.4 beta were first discovered by Maximiliano Firtman (via TechRadar). While discussing the brand new feature set developers have access to thanks to the software beta, Firtman identified four WebXR features that are being added to Safari, lending more affirmations that Apple’s AR/VR headset may be on the near horizon. The four features include:
- WebXR Augmented Reality Mode
- WebXR Device API
- WebXR Gamepads module
- WebXR Hand Input Module
Firtman directly theorizes that the implementation of the features is “preparing the scenario for Apple’s upcoming goggles or headsets.” Firtman also goes on to say that he does not believe the API is intended to interact with an iPhone or iPad. Instead, it’s much more likely that they were developed with external devices in mind.
Of course, the existence of these experimental WebXR functions does not mean that Apple’s headset may be revealed in a short time. However, it merely adds to the growing mountain that Apple is prepping and readying itself to take the plunge into AR/VR.
Recently, it was reported that Apple’s headset would have two micro-OLED 4K displays, composed of 4,000 pixels per inch. The displays are said to be supplied by Sony and are developed specifically for Apple’s headset.
Although there is no firm release window in place by Apple, previous reports indicate that it may launch by the end of 2022.