Apple is reportedly working on a futuristic headset — and it could ship as early as 2020

Apple正在研发未来主义的头显—并且最早可能会在2020年推出

Business Insider · 2017-11-10 23:35

Business Insider · 2017-11-10 23:35

Apple is working on an augmented reality (AR) headset, and it might have it ready as early as 2020, a according to new report from Bloomberg's Mark Gurman says.

根据Bloomberg上Mark Gurman的一份新发表的报道,Apple正在研发一款增强现实的头显,并且有可能最早在2020年推出。

Bloomberg reports that the headset will have its own display, and that it will be powered by a dedicated chip and operating system. That would enable it to essentially function as a standalone device that doesn't necessarily need to be paired with an iPhone. It's not clear whether the device's design is ultimately expected to resemble a headset similar to Microsoft's HoloLens or something closer to a pair of glasses.

Bloomberg报道称头显将会有它自己的显示屏,并且将由专门的芯片和操作系统驱动。这将有助于它作为独立的设备运行并没有必要与iPhone相匹配。但并不清楚该头显的设计是否会与微软的HoloLens或者一副眼镜类似。

CEO Tim Cook has repeatedly expressed his interest and excitement for virtual reality, saying that it's something that makes him want to "yell out and scream." During the company's most recent earnings call, he said that the company believes "AR is going to change the way we use technology forever."

CEO Tim Cook已经不断的表示过他对虚拟现实的兴趣和激动了,并称这让他想要“喊出来并尖叫。”在该公司最近的收益电话会上,他说到该公司相信“AR将会永远改变人们使用科技的方式。”

The project could see completion within two years, and a finished product ready to ship as early as 2020, Bloomberg says, although it warns that this timeline is aggressive and subject to change.

Bloomberg说,该项目可能在两年内完成,而完成品将最早在2020年问世,虽然有提醒说这个时间线太大胆并且变化太多。

In the AR space, Google tried to push its innovative smart glasses (dubbed "Google Glass") back in 2013, but they ultimately failed to take off due to a series of privacy concerns and the lack of any killer apps.

在AR世界里,谷歌试图在2013年推出它颇具创新的智能眼镜(称作“Google Glass”),但它们最终因为一系列隐私问题和缺乏致胜的app而发行失败。

Microsoft, which missed the mobile revolution boat almost entirely, is also heavily focused on what it calls "mixed reality" (which includes both virtual and augmented reality), and has its own HoloLens headset.

微软,这个几乎完全错过了移动改革的公司,也在重点关注它所称之的“混合现实”(它包括了虚拟现实和增强现实),并且拥有它自己的HoloLens头显。

Microsoft's primarily pushing HoloLens as a tool in the workplace, however (it costs $3000, or £2719 in the UK), while Apple's consumer-focused mindset will likely mean that its device would be pushed to the mainstream market at a more affordable price.

微软主要是把HoloLens作为工具推向办公场所,但是它价格为$3000(或者£2719在英国),而Apple以消费者为中心的观念将很可能意味着它的设备将会以更可承受的价格面向大众市场推出。

Mike Rockwell, who previously led the engineering efforts at Dolby Labs, is at the helm of a team of several hundred engineers from across Apple all working on various hardware and software projects — including the AR headset — under the codename "T288," Bloomber reports.

据Bloomberg报道,Mike Rockwell,曾经负责带领杜比实验室(Dolby Labs)的工程工作,指挥着致力于各种硬件和软件项目的数百位Apple工程师组成的—包括AR头显—叫做“T288”的小组。

Bloomberg reports it's the same team that was first responsible for ARKit, Apple's set of tools that allows developers to create augmented reality applications for the iPhone and iPad, and new version of ARKit could debut in 2018. This was just a first step, however, which could ultimately help to bring the new headset to life with a new operating system.

Bloomberg称这与一开始负责ARKit的是同一个小组,这是Apple的能让开发者们为iPhone和iPad创建增强现实应用的工具,而最新版本的ARKit将于2018年问世。不过这只是最终把全新的操作系统添加到头显上的第一步。

The OS, tentatively dubbed "rOS" ("reality operating system") internally, would be yet another iteration of iOS, similar to tvOS and watchOS, Bloomberg reports. Geoff Stahl, a former software manager for games and graphics at Apple, is one of the rOS software group's directors, Bloomberg says.

Bloomberg报道称,这个OS,在内部暂时被称为“rOS”(“现实操作系统”),将会是iOS的另一个迭代,与tvOS和watchOS类似。Geoff Stahl,Apple游戏和图像的前软件经理,是这个rOS软件小组中的其中一个总监。

The company is still at a prototyping stage, and is testing different features and use scenarios.

该公司目前还在原型设计阶段,并且还在测试不同的功能和使用场景。

Apple has not yet finalised how users will interact with the headset, Bloomberg reports, though it seems to be exploring three main ways of interactions: Touch, voice (via Siri), and head gestures.

Apple还没有最终确定用户将如何与这个头显互动,但似乎将主要在三个领域的互动方面进行探索:触摸,语音(通过Siri)和头部动作。

Bloomberg notes that Apple doesn't have a fully operational headset of its own either, so most of the testing is being done on the HTC Vive virtual reality headset as well as a device similar to an Oculus Gear VR that uses the screen, cameras, and chipsets of the iPhone.

Bloomberg提出,Apple目前也还没有它们自己的可完整运行的头显,所以大多数测试都是用HTC Vive虚拟现实头显和一个类似于Oculus Gear VR的设备完成,它使用的是iPhone的屏幕,摄像头和芯片组。(11月9日)

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