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Upcoming ‘RealtyPro’ probably won’t require an iPhone to operate

It may also offer in-air typing, eye-and-hand controls

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In the latest edition of his “Power On” newsletter, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman says Apple’s upcoming AR/VR headset, the rumored “RealityPro,” probably won’t require an iPhone.

From the report: I’m told that the latest test versions of the device and its onboard xrOS operating system can be set up without an iPhone and can download a user’s content and iCloud data directly from the cloud.

You will, however, be able to transfer your data from an iPhone or iPad, just as you can today when setting up a new device. As I’ve written previously, the headset doesn’t have a remote control but instead is operated by a user’s eyes and hands.

A key feature for text input — in-air typing — is available on the latest internal prototypes, I’m told. But it’s been finicky in testing. So if you get the first headset, you still may want to pair an iPhone to use its touch-screen keyboard. The hope within Apple is to make rapid improvements after the device is released. 

Gurman says Apple will likely unveil the RealityPro at this summer’s Worldwide Developer Conference. He adds that it will then ship toward the end of the year “at the earliest.” 

This info from Gurman is from the free edition of “Power On”. If you like it, consider subscribing to Bloomberg.com—you’ll receive the newsletter earlier and get exclusive access to a Q&A section.

Reality Pro rumors

When it comes to the RealityPro, the rumors are abundant. Such a device will arrive this year. Or 2025, Or 2026. It will be a head-mounted display. Or may have a design like “normal” glasses. Or it may be eventually be available in both. The Reality Pro may or may not have to be tethered to an iPhone to work. Other rumors say that it could have a custom-build Apple chip and a dedicated operating system dubbed “rOS” for “reality operating system.” Or perhaps “xrOS” for extended reality operating system. 

Dennis Sellers
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Dennis Sellers is the editor/publisher of Apple World Today. He’s been an “Apple journalist” since 1995 (starting with the first big Apple news site, MacCentral). He loves to read, run, play sports, and watch movies.