Details of Apple’s Augmented Reality Team Leak
Bloomberg published a report on Apple’s AR effort. According to Bloomberg, the team is led by Mike Rockwell, formerly of Dolby and advisor to Meta. Other team members include Fletcher Rothkopf from the Apple Watch team, Yury Petrov, a former Oculus researcher, and Avi Bar-Zeev, who worked on Hololens.
Earlier this month, Business Insider reported that a UBS research note indicated that Apple’s AR team had over 1,000 engineers assigned to it. The Business Insider report also runs down a list of comments Tim Cook has made publicly about AR.
Rumor has it that the AR effort takes the form of glasses that display imagery produced by a tethered iPhone. There have been no recent rumors about a VR effort from Apple in the vein of Gear VR or Daydream. The Bloomberg article does mention that some of the team’s efforts will find their way into the iPhone before the wearable AR accessory comes out, but in the form of new camera features rather than a VR mode.
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