Hollywood Directors will Reportedly Create Content for Apple’s Mixed Reality Headset

The headset is expected in 2023

According to a report by the New York Times, Apple is teaming up with Hollywood directors to create video content for its upcoming augmented reality (AR) / virtual reality (VR) headset. Supposedly one of the directors involved is Jon Favreau, who’s reportedly tasked with delivering a mixed reality experience based on Prehistoric Planet, the dinosaur-filled Apple TV Plus series he produced.

In line with an earlier report from Bloomberg, the NYT says Apple’s headset might not launch until 2023 due to issues with battery life and performance. That said, its development hasn’t come without a bit of turbulence — the NYT reports that some employees also left the company over the implications the headset may have on the way “people interact with one another.”

Sources told the NYT that Apple is gearing up to introduce a toolkit for developers to add camera and voice functionality to their apps, enabling hands-free control, ahead of the headset’s arrival.

Apple hasn’t yet confirmed the existence of the headset, but the device will likely be capable of offering both immersive virtual reality experiences, and virtual overlays made to look like they’re part of the real world. Various leaks and rumors have also given us plenty to chew on, ranging from its untethered form factor to its “Mac-level” processing power.

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