By Mariella Moon
Apple has internally changed the name of its upcoming mixed reality headset’s accompanying software from “realityOS” to “xrOS,” according to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman. As the reporter notes, the new name better represents the software’s capabilities: “XR,” after all, stands for extended reality, and the headset is expected to have both augmented and virtual reality features.
In addition to the internal name change, Gurman says a shell corporation named Deep Dive LLC has also filed a trademark for the brand “xrOS” in the US and in other countries, including ones in the European Union and in Asia, the UK, Australia, Mexico, Ukraine, Japan and Canada. In its application, Deep Dive wrote that it’s applying for a trademark for “head-mounted displays” and devices that provide “virtual reality and augmented reality experiences.” Apple hasn’t confirmed whether it’s behind this filing.
Earlier this year, though, Vox Media product manager Parker Ortolanifound a patent application for “realityOS” filed by a shell company called Realityo Systems LLC. Bloomberg also reported back in August that yet another shell company with a different name filed applications for “Reality One,” “Reality Pro” and “Reality Processor.”
This recent name change could indicate that Apple is ironing out the details of the project for its approaching launch. Gurman says Apple plans to debut the headset, its dedicated operating system and its app store sometime next year. According to previous reports, the device will feature virtual versions of the company’s apps, including Messages, FaceTime and Maps, and will use iris scanning for app purchases and sign-ins. Apple’s recent job listings also indicate that the tech giant is working on its own 3D mixed reality world, which could become a rival to Facebook’s vision of the metaverse.